In life, in literature and in Hollywood, there are endless symbolic messages implied by doors. Jacksonville’s Dream Doors shares a few of its favorite cinema doorways.
- The Forbidden Planet (1956): The semi-hexagonal, three-layer doorway (each layer of which opens in a different direction) that separates the colony building from the ancient Krell laboratories is considered one of sci-fi’s most elaborate doors. Symbolically, it may represent the barrier between civilization and barbarism or between self-control and the ungoverned psyche. We just think it’s cool.
- Pan’s Labyrinth (2006): Oh, if only we all could simply chalk ourselves a doorway through which to escape the troubles of everyday life! In the film, Ofelia draws herself just such a doorway and slips through it, leaving behind the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and an oppressive family life and entering a fantasy world. Unfortunately, the fantastical place she discovers soon bears horrors of its own and Ofelia again turns to her chalked doorway to escape back to reality. One would argue we all have this ability and use it each time we take a break from the rigors of life to enjoy a good book or a great movie.
- The Wizard of Oz (1939): After the tornado, Dorothy opens the simple wooden door to her small Kansas home. But it ain’t Kansas she sees. Instead, our young heroine walks through the doorway of her sepia-toned world into the glories of Technicolor Oz. Though deep-thinkers equate the doorway as part of the journey to enlightenment, film historians see it as quite the visual introduction of Technicolor and the end of black-and-white filmmaking. Dorothy’s ruby red slippers are the prime validation of that theory. Did you know those slippers were silver in the Frank L. Baum novel that inspired the film?
- Scooby Doo: Most any dungeon doorway in Scooby-Doo makes our “cool” list. A favorite? The oft-used secret door disguised as a sarcophagus. Creepy-cool at its cartoon best. Oh, yeah – We dig it.
- Gone With the Wind (1939): We love the Tiffany Glass type door through which Rhett left Scarlet in what endures as one of the iconic Hollywood scenes seven decades after the film’s release. Not only is it one of the most beautiful doors we’ve ever seen, but the doorway is the spot where we see Rhett finally man up to that pretty lil’ tart, who subsequently drapes herself across a stairway and conjures up a little true self confidence of her own. “After all, tomorrow is another day.”
Which are your favorite movie doors, Jacksonville? Leave us a comment on our blog or on the Dream Doors Facebook fan page. And when you’re ready to makeover your entryway into a Hollywood-worthy scene, call Dream Doors of Jacksonville for a gorgeous set of replacement doors.