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The Boy Behind The Door YIFY



Oscar Krug returns to his home in Maine after being at sea for a number of years. He reminisces back to just before the war broke out, when he was in love with Alice Morse, daughter of the local banker. Being German, Krug was falsely accused of being sympathetic to the enemy. He enlisted, secretly married Alice, and became Captain of a merchant marine ship. Alice came aboard the ship, which was eventually sunk by a German U-boat. Krug and Alice survived, but the German commander took Alice aboard his vessel, leaving Oscar adrift. Krug swore to the German that he would get revenge. A few months later, Krug's ship fired on a U-boat. Krug recognized the Captain and saved him, although the Captain did not recognize Krug. Krug plied him with liquor and pretended to be a German sympathizer, in order to discover what had happened to Alice. Krug then took his vengeance in a most horrible manner.This is a stunning piece of work. It begins with ordinary life in a Maine seaport, and lulls the viewer into believing this will just be another romance. The film takes a sharp turn into tragedy, and builds to a grotesque conclusion - strong stuff for any time period, let alone 1919. Bosworth, though perhaps a bit too old for the lead (he was over 50), nevertheless is a commanding presence on screen. The sequence where he elicits the truth from Beery is alone worth the price of admission. The title refers to what happened to Beery "behind the door."Although the movie has clearly deteriorated in spots, the restoration for the most part is crisp. The few inserted stills do not interfere or detract in any way. At seventy minutes, the film moves briskly without any slow spots. The photography is excellent.




The Boy Behind the Door YIFY



Does white people become the way they do as they age, and in getting to know the tough housekeeper played by Helen Mirren here, you discover much about the cranky woman who barely smiles, and when she does, it's exuberant. I guess if you saw your mother commit suicide by jumping into a well after discovering that her two younger daughters had been struck by lightning and burnt to a crisp, you'd be scarred as well, especially after witnessing the slaughtering of her calf pet. Mirren accepts a position of working for Hungarian novelist Martina Gedeck, basically having her boss to be applied to have her rather than the other way around. As their relationship begins to gain some trust, Mirren lets her in, but only a teensy bit at a time, and in short order, they come to depend on each other even if that door remains closed, both physically and psychologically.Playing a most determined character, Mirren is commanding throughout, often funny even when she's at her crankiest. There's always a hint of a smile in her frown as if it's obvious to her that she knows she is cranky and is either hiding her secret Joy like the lighting in the fact that she's always in a bad mood. The story of the relationship really isn't a strong plotline, in getting to know this powerful woman, you really get to see her soul even if it's hidden behind the metaphor of the door. Gedeck is great in support, with Károly Eperjes understated as her frustrated husband whom Mirren declares to be an idiot. This character-driven drama with elements of subtle comedy is well worth seeing, solely for Mirren. While the characters are Hungarian and the story is set in Hungary, there is no attempt to put on a fake accent, but it doesn't matter because it's about the relationship with the two women, not the setting.


Not having read the novel, I am not sure whether the film is great or if the film was infused greatness by the novel. The subject is remarkable. The performances of the two leading ladies are remarkable too, with an unforgettable turn by Ms Mirren. A highlight are cameos by Czech director Jiri Menzel as a lung surgeon with director Istvan Szabo standing behind him at the door as his colleague. Evidently Szabo and Menzel were mutual admirers. Szabo's "Budapest Tales" and "Mephisto" are superior to this noteworthy work. 041b061a72


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