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The Man in the Glass Booth (1975)

 |  Drama  |  27 January 1975 (USA)
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Arthur Goldman is a rich Jewish industrialist, living in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie, often shocking Charlie with his outrageousness and ... See full summary »

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Arthur Goldman
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Miriam Rosen
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Charlie Cohn
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Presiding Judge
Lloyd Bochner ...
Dr. Churchill
Robert H. Harris ...
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Jack
Norbert Schiller ...
Berry Kroeger ...
Joachim Berger
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Dr. Alvarez
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Mrs. Levi
Leonidas Ossetynski ...
Samuel Weisberg (as Leonidas Ossettynski)
David Nash ...
Rami
Martin Berman ...
Uri
Richard Rasof ...
Moshe
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Arthur Goldman is a rich Jewish industrialist, living in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie, often shocking Charlie with his outrageousness and irreverence about aspects of Jewish life. Nonetheless, Charlie is astonished when, one day, Israeli secret agents burst in and arrest Goldman for being not a Jewish businessman but a Nazi war criminal. Whisked to Israel for trial, Goldman forces his accusers to face not only his presumed guilt--but their own. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The kidnapping . . . . The masquerade . . . The murder trial . . . . Perhaps the most suspenseful shocker of our time.

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El hombre de la cabina de cristal  »

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The source play and subsequently also this filmed adaptation were inspired by the kidnapping and war-crimes trial of Adolf Eichmann, the events themselves later becoming the subject of their own movie, The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (1997). See more »

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The Nazi Concentration Camps were run by the SS. The Wehrmacht (the regular Germany Army, also referred to as the Heer) was not directly involved in running the camps and the uniform "Colonel Dorf" is wearing during the trial is a gray Wehrmacht uniform instead of a black SS uniform. Also the SS used it's own rank titles, so Dorf would have been known as a Standartenfuhrer instead of an Oberst (Colonel). See more »


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Es war ein Edelweiss
("It was an Edelweiss")
Written by Herms Niel
Sung by Charlie (Lawrence Pressman)
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Powerful and thought provoking.
11 January 2004 | by (Fairfield, CT) – See all my reviews

I have viewed this movie many times in a poor quality VHS and now finally on DVD. It's difficult to explain the impact this movie can have and one viewing will not do it. It takes several viewings to really get the plot line. Millionaire Jewish entrepreneur Arthur Goldman rules his financial empire from a penthouse apartment overlooking Manhattan. Seemingly at the edge of sanity, Goldman holds forth on everyting from Papal edicts to ex-wives, from baseball to his family's massacre in a Nazi concentration camp. When Goldman remarks on a blue Mercedes continuously parked outside his building, Goldman's captive audience of assistant and chauffeur dismiss their boss' anxiety as encroaching paranoia. But each of Goldman's passionate, seemingly capricious ravings are transformed into a shocking, inadvertent deposition when Israeli agents capture Goldman and put him on trial as Adolph Dorf, the commandant of the concentration camp where Goldman's family was supposedly exterminated. In a trial scene of unrelenting intensity, crafts what the Detroit Free Press called "a white-hot lead performance," mutating from eccentric Goldman to sociopath Dorf and beyond. The riddle of Dorf's true identity becomes wrapped in an enigma of cunning self-treachery and single-minded obsession.


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