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Tras el cristal (1986)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror | 5 March 1986 (USA)
In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus 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 ... See full summary »

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Agustí Villaronga (as Agustín Villaronga)

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Agustí Villaronga (as Agustín Villaronga)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Günter Meisner ... Klaus (as Gunter Meisner)
David Sust ... Angelo
Marisa Paredes ... Griselda
Gisèle Echevarría Gisèle Echevarría ... Rena (as Gisela Echevarria)
Imma Colomer ... Jornalera (as Inma Colomer)
Josuè Guasch Josuè Guasch ... Niño Cantor (as Josue Guasch)
David Cuspinera David Cuspinera ... Niño barracon
Ricardo Carcelero Ricardo Carcelero ... Angelo Niño
Alberto Manzano Alberto Manzano ... Niño Gitano
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Storyline

In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus 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 decides to hire a nurse since she does not bear the situation. Klaus asks Griselda to hire Angelo, a mysterious teenager that appears in their house. Angelo befriends Klaus' daughter Rena 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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Horror

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Glaskäfig See more »

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T.E.M. Productores S.A. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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For the scene where Angelo cried, actor David Sust put toothpaste under the eyes. He shot the scenes so many times that he injured his eyes and had to wear sunglasses for a while. See more »

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Angelo: You see, Klaus... I love death.
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The most deeply disturbing film I have ever seen
16 September 1999 | by Dave GodinSee all my reviews

No distributor has been foolish enough to try and get this film past the British film censors, (you have to pay, even if your movie is rejected), but it was shown at two local festivals, and at the London screening, an initial audience of about 150 was reduced to a mere 12 by the end. It is unremittingly grim, harrowing and disturbing, and yet it probes the darkest depths to which humankind can sink, and demands that we confront "the unspeakable" which is so often avoided precisely because it is to painful to even speak about. My only moral reservation about this film is the use of very young actors in it. Although on the end credits there is a disclaimer stating that the highest standards of probity were employed during the film's production with regard to minors, I cannot see how some scenes were filmed without the youngsters having some idea of their sado-sexual context. Under British law, the public exhibition of such a film would be illegal unless it could be proven that clever editing etc., avoided these minors being aware of the scene's context. That said however, it is a film I would defend since it goes to the very heart of humankind's propensity for cruelty and barbarism, using the metaphors of authoritarian politics and authoritarian sexuality. And, after all, the film only shows being done to humans what society daily visits upon the animal kingdom - it is just a question of degree. To describe it as a "horror" film is wrong; it is unique and beyond categorization, although "horrendous" is certainly apt.


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