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Cast

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Günter Meisner ... Klaus (as Gunter Meisner)
David Sust ... Angelo

Marisa Paredes ... Griselda
Gisèle Echevarría ... Rena (as Gisela Echevarria)
Imma Colomer ... Jornalera (as Inma Colomer)
Josuè Guasch ... Niño Cantor (as Josue Guasch)
David Cuspinera ... Niño barracon
Ricardo Carcelero ... Angelo Niño
Alberto Manzano ... Niño Gitano

Directed by
Agustí Villaronga  (as Agustín Villaronga)
 
Writing credits
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Agustí Villaronga  (as Agustín Villaronga)

Produced by
Teresa Enrich .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Javier Navarrete 
 
Cinematography by
Jaume Peracaula 
 
Film Editing by
Raúl Román 
 
Production Design by
Francesc Candini  (as Cesc Candini)
 
Costume Design by
Andrés Urdiciaian  (as Andres Urdiciaian)
Imma Vallmitjana  (as Inma Vallmitjana)
 
Makeup Department
Maria Rosa Benavides .... hair stylist (as Mª Rosa Benavides)
Jose .... make-up and hair assistant
J. Ruiz Alonso .... make-up and hair assistant
Elisenda Villanueva .... makeup artist (as Elisenda de Villanueva)
 
Production Management
Biel Moll .... assistant production manager
Paco Poch .... production manager
Karen Wardle .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francisco G. Siurana .... assistant director (as Paco Siurana)
 
Art Department
Jordi Artigau .... set dresser
José Ángel Cebollada .... props (as Jose Angel Cebollada)
Carme Curt .... props
Guillermo Fernández .... painter (as Guillermo Fernandez)
José Martínez .... carpenter (as Jose Martinez)
América Sánchez .... graphic designer (as America Sanchez)
Isidro Terraza .... property master
 
Sound Department
Ricard Casals .... sound re-recording mixer
Licio Marcos de Oliveira .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Reyes Abades .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Francisco Esteban .... electrician
Sergi Gallardo .... second assistant camera (as Sergio Gallardo)
Manolo Ovler .... electrician
Jaume Peracaula .... camera operator
Apolinar Ramiro .... gaffer (as A. Ramiro)
Núria Roldos .... assistant camera (as Nuria Roldos)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosa Fernández .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Montse Jiménez .... second assistant editor (as Montse Jimenez)
José Montilla .... post-production coordinator (as Jose Montilla)
Juan Peláez .... assistant editor (as Juan Antonio Pelaez)
 
Other crew
Olga Selva .... production secretary
Cristina Solé .... script supervisor (as Cristina Sole)
 
Thanks
Marisa Aguinaga .... special thanks
Jordi Coca .... special thanks
Jordi Corba .... special thanks
Pepón Coromina .... special thanks (as Pepon Coromina)
Enric Jorba .... special thanks
Poli Ramiro .... special thanks
Rosa Vergés .... special thanks (as Rosa Verges)
 

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"Tras el cristal" - Spain (original title)
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Günter Meisner originally turned down the role, horrified by the story. According to Villaronga, Meisner called him a few weeks later to accept the part, arguing he couldn't stop thinking about it.See more »
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Klaus:[talking to a child] Want a cigarette? Want to make some money?See more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Dark, Bizarre and Disturbing, 7 January 2012
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus (Günter Meisner) tries to commit suicide jumping off the roof of his manor. However, he survives with the entire body paralyzed and dependable of an iron lung with glass sides. His wife Griselda (Marisa Paredes) decides to hire a nurse since she does not bear the situation. Klaus asks Griselda to hire Angelo (David Sust), a mysterious teenager that appears in their house. Angelo befriends Klaus' daughter Rena (Gisèla Echevarría) and sooner it is shown that Klaus was a pedophile that loved to feel the fear of death in young boys before abusing and killing them. Further, Angelo is a disturbed and totally insane victim of his experiments that intends to follow the insanities described in Klaus' diary and incorporate his personality.

"Tras el Cristal", a.k.a "In the Glass Cage". Is one of the most dark, bizarre and disturbing films that I have recently seen. The cruelty of Klaus with the boys described in his diary is unthinkable and so sick that it is hard to believe that a normal person may have written this story.

The performances are top-notch and the conclusion is open to the most different interpretations. I understand that Angelo has followed the footsteps of Klaus and ended in the iron lung like his mentor. Rena is so disturbed with the revelations about her father that she is insane and will follow the footsteps of Angelo.

In the Extras in the Bonus Disc, the director Agustí Villaronga provides additional information about "In the Glass Cage", "Black Bread" and "The Sea" very interesting. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Prisão de Cristal" ("Cristal Prison")

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