In a Glass Cage (1986)

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Avg Rating: 3.5 / 5. Voted: 20

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AKA: Tras el Cristal
Year: 1986
Directed by: Agusti Villaronga
Starring: Gunter Meisner, Marisa Paredes, David Sust, Gisele Echevarria
Country: Spain, Europe
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
Runtime: 01:47:11
Genres: Old-Young, Nazism, Rape/Sexual Violence against Men, Serial Killers, Torture, Revenge

Plot – Spoilers:
Inspired by the nasty life of notorious child-killer Gilles de Rais, who served with Joan of Arc, In A Glass Cage or Tras el Cristal (original title) is not some historical biography of Gilles de Rais. Instead, director Agusti Villaronga who also wrote the movie probably used him as a muse while constructing the character of Klaus, a Nazi doctor with a twisted interest in kids. Following the end of World War 2, Klaus lives in exile in Catalonia with his daughter and wife. His sadistic violence and sick interest in young boys hasn’t diminished however as he continues to rape and torture young boys. In fact the movie opens with one such ‘experiment’ on a boy.

The primary theme of the movie is of revenge when one of Klaus’ victims, Angelo, who survived, enters their home in the guise of a male-nurse to help Klaus. Klaus after a possible suicide attempt is now paralyzed and requires an iron lung to help him breathe.

Marisa Paredes is very good in her role as Klaus’ frustrated wife while Gisele Echevarria is equally impressive as the bored lonely daughter who is drawn to Angelo mostly because she’s probably sick and tired of living among old people who are always snapping at her. It is unclear whether the wife is aware of Klaus’ terrible past. This is one of those brilliant movies that explores the psychology of each character as they fall further and further down into the cesspits of depredation.

14 thoughts on “In a Glass Cage (1986)

  • July 9, 2018 at 4:35 am
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    You know its a jew that made the trashy jewvie (jew movie), only jews are evil torturers and murderers, as even the entire world is awakening to it now. HITLER WAS RIGHT!!!!!!!

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    • October 18, 2020 at 2:21 am
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      Hope you die slowly and painfully you fascist piece of shit

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    • October 23, 2020 at 12:03 am
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      Please stop trying so hard. It’s embarrassing.

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    • December 29, 2020 at 8:40 am
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      Mais qu’est-ce que tu fous sur un site de cinéma petit légionnaire de la haine ? On s’en contrefiche de tes délires antisémites. Va t’exprimer ailleurs, fonde un parti politique si tu en es capable, mais Dégage!!

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  • April 22, 2019 at 5:37 am
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    couldnt more agree with you

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  • October 15, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    Kindly kill yourself. The world is better without Nazi scum.

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  • July 18, 2020 at 2:21 am
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    Pumped for the movie. Amazing last comment feddupa

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  • July 23, 2020 at 10:18 pm
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    I’m in a glass cage of emotion!

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  • July 29, 2020 at 9:45 am
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    I love the aesthetic of this movie, please watch it

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  • September 15, 2020 at 6:04 pm
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    Alright, im no way near to say Hitler was right. Noone has to right to decide what race is allowed to life but even i have to say that Jews have messed up in 109 countrys for a reason.

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    • December 29, 2020 at 8:44 am
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      Et toi tu as aussi foiré le droit d’exister, on s’en branle de tes vieux et éternels délires moisis. Va fonder un parti avec des potes nabots et moustachus. Continue la musculation, t’arriveras peut-être à porter ton cercueil…

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  • February 15, 2021 at 11:13 am
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    I wonder if Stephen King was influenced by this movie.

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  • September 1, 2021 at 12:38 am
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    very slow paced and stupid film. don’t recommend.

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