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.
They can be scary. The door in the 2nd clip is at around 2:22.
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:
There are elevator door scenes aplenty, but this one serves up the metaphor of the door in a fashion of closing.
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: