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CHARLES BRONSON 'SOMEONE BEHIND THE DOOR' ANTHONY PERKINS

Frenchy Arthouse cover fitting the year 1971 Rating: ****

French shot/English speaking psychological thriller mirroring Fran├žois Truffaut mirroring Alfred Hitchcock has a perfectly cast Anthony Perkins as a neurosurgeon taking an amnesiac patient to his plush home in order to (supposedly) help the nameless stranger, played by an only slightly miscast Charles Bronson, pacing taut and timid like a caged beast during his pre-fame European Phase... 

But this is really Perkins' ride, providing another hiding-a-dark-secret creepy guy role...

And from the mellow cadence, what could have been cat-and-mouse is more like mouse-and-mouse, or mouse and toothless cat, even during Bronson's sporadic tantrums in a noirish plot involving Jill Ireland as the doc's cheating wife (employing a cute Agathe Natanson as their maid, who'd have fit the ingenue role better)...

It's no irony that both Bronson and Perkins are ultimately best remembered playing killers the audience sympathizes with, maybe even roots for, and director Nicolas Gessner uses effective zooms and strategic camera angles/setups to the advantage of this "chessboard mystery" (involving one set) where both antagonist and protagonist seem equally sinister and vulnerable. And despite SOMEONE BEHIND THE WINDOW wielding an art-house short film plot-line stretched to 90-minutes, it doesn't drag either way. 

Anthony Perkins in SOMEONE BEHIND THE DOOR
Anthony Perkins in SOMEONE BEHIND THE DOOR
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Jill Ireland in SOMEONE BEHIND THE DOOR
Jill Ireland in SOMEONE BEHIND THE DOOR
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Charles Bronson in SOMEONE BEHIND THE DOOR
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Charles Bronson and Anthony Perkins in SOMEONE BEHIND THE DOOR
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Charles Bronson in SOMEONE BEHIND THE DOOR
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