Doors

My best friend once told me that the secret to good movies is all about “Shadows and Doorways.” She would always point it out during a movie where, indeed there were shadows, a doorway, and an undercurrent of tension. I always remember that when I see some of the classics, and those doors seem to become characters in their own right, not merely set-pieces.  The ultimate metaphor of the door is an unconscious desire for discovery, a knowledge that where a door exists, something exists behind it.

They can be comic.

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They can be scary. The door in the 2nd clip is at around 2:22.

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See also: the last scene in Nightmare on Elm Street when Freddy drags Mom into the house through the front door’s decorative window.

They can be iconic:

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There are elevator door scenes aplenty, but this one serves up the metaphor of the door in a fashion of closing.

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Others include the broken door that changed lives in Crash (2004), The door in The Breakfast Club that turned the tide of the story, and others that I might have missed.  What are they?

And, since researching this idea has frustrated me with endless searches resulting in The Doors and Sliding Doors , this odd result is for all of you:


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2 Responses to Doors

  1. John Farrier says:

    She would always point it out during a movie where, indeed there were shadows, a doorway, and an undercurrent of tension.

    I’ve never thought about that before, but it makes a lot of sense. In the structure of a narrative, a doorway provides a way to change course.

  2. An interesting compilation. I’ll keep my eyes open for doorways (will you be including portals?)

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