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Die gläserne Zelle (1978)

| Crime, Drama | May 1981 (USA)
A man is wrongfully imprisoned for five years. Once out, he hears about his wife's supposed adventures outside of their marriage and becomes increasingly jealous.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Lisa Braun
Phillip Braun
David Reinalt
Walter Kohut ...
Claudius Kracht ...
Günter Strack ...
Martin Flörchinger
Hans-Günter Martens ...
Bernhard Wicki ...
Police Commissioner Österreicher


The architect Phillip Braun is framed by his former employer Lasky that embezzles the money that should be used to buy suitable material of a construction that collapses, killing a person. Phillip is wrongly imprisoned and for five years his lawyer David Reinalt is not capable to prove that Lasky is the responsible for the accident. When Phillip is released, he meets his beautiful wife Lisa Braun and then his son Timmie. Soon Lasky seeks Philip out to poison the relationship of his wife with David. Lisa is very close to David and Phillip becomes suspicious of their friendship. David finds a job for Phillip with a friend of him and he tells that Lasky is pressing him because he is still trying to prove Phillip's innocence. Soon Lisa confesses to her husband that she had a brief two-week love affair with David a long time ago when he was in prison, but now they are only friends. Phillips is disturbed with the revelation and his jealous increases while Lisa frequently visits David. One ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Noteworthy crime movie.
15 December 2004 | by (Europe) – See all my reviews

A rather forgotten but very interesting adaptation of a novel by Patricia Highsmith. The plot is simple: A man, unjustly convicted for criminal negligence to 5 years imprisonment, gets released from jail and is being increasingly entrapped to a web of jealously regarding his beautiful wife's activities while he was locked-up. The film adroitly examines the corrosive effects of jealously that gradually generate a form of mental confinement which effectively proves to be equally unbearable with the physical one. It unfolds with almost clinical precision, its use of location is inspired and the performances sharp and convincing (avoid the dubbed English version). The climax could have been stronger but it generally captures the amoralism of Highsmith's work as well as some other more well-known adaptations of her work.

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