This gruesome and bizarre shocker of a film is one of the most notorious in all of silent cinema. Part brutal tabloid drama of rape and retribution and part WW1 propaganda, it pits Hobart Bosworth, a German-American sailor, against Wallace Beery, a sadistic German U-boat commander. The violence is graphic and disturbing.
Until recently, Behind the Door existed only in an incomplete print together with some outtakes preserved in Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and some decayed sections of the film held in the Russian National Film Archive. Led by Rob Byrne of San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Behind the Door has been reconstructed from these two sources and the finished version, complete with its original tintings, premiered in 2016.
This screening is part of A Day of Silent Film at Abbeydale Picture House, from 11am on Sat 6 May. Save money with an All-Day Saturday Pass; seven films for £25.
Playing live: Stephen Horne
Directed by Irvin Willat, USA, 1919, 70 mins
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