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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 »

Director:

Agustí Villaronga (as Agustín Villaronga)

Writer:

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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iron lung | nurse | nazi | murder | death | See All (45) »

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Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Glaskäfig See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director/writer Agustí Villaronga said that the origin of the story came when he read about Giles de Rais (1404-1440), a devoutly religious follower of Joan of Arc who fought valiantly on her side and was later trialed and executed by the Catholic Church for heresy and sexual crimes (sodomy) committed against children, mainly boys, estimates of which range as high as 800. See more »

Quotes

Angelo: You see, Klaus... I love death.
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Extremely intense, only for the adventurous
14 September 1998 | by EYEboySee all my reviews

Talk about a movie that lives up to its reputation -- In a Glass Cage is relentlessly intense from start to finish. The story of a Nazi doctor /pedophile in hiding and the strange young man who comes to work as his "nurse," this film explores taboos with relish. Unfortunately, it devolves into horror movie shtick toward its end (thereby obfuscating the very real horrors it has developed to that point), but In a Glass Cage packs a wallop , earning its reputation as one of the more disturbing movies ever made. It 's very much a European movie, and, given its horrifying subject matter -- pedophilia, the torture and murder of children, the relationship between monsters and their victims -- it could never have been made in the U.S. Strongly recommended for viewers who have strong stomachs and are not otherwise easily offended; all others are urged to avoid it at all costs.


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