Man In The Glass Booth, The

Kino Video   (1975) / Region 1
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Director Arthur Hiller (Love Story, Silver Streak), working from screenwriter Edward Anhalt's (Becket) adaptation, transforms actor/playwright Robert Shaw's The Man in the Glass Booth into a film the Los Angeles Times dubbed, "daring, outrageous, utterly provocative, endlessly ambiguous and strikingly effective."

Millionaire Jewish entrepreneur Arthur Goldman (Maximilian Schell) benevolently rules his financial empire from a penthouse apartment overlooking Manhattan. Seemingly at the edge of sanity, Goldman holds forth on everything from Papal edicts to ex-wives, from baseball to his family's massacre in a Nazi concentration camp. When Goldman remarks on a blue Mercedes continuously parked outside his building, Goldman's captive audience of assistant (Lawrence Pressman) and chauffeur (Henry Brown) dismiss their boss' anxiety as encroaching paranoia. But each of Goldman's passionate, seemingly capricious ravings are transformed into a shocking, inadvertent deposition when Israeli agents capture Goldman and put him on trial as Adolph Dorf, the commandant of the concentration camp where Goldman's family was supposedly exterminated. In a trial scene of unrelenting intensity, Academy Award winner Schell (Judgement at Nuremburg) crafts what The Detroit Free Press called "a white-hot lead performance," mutating from eccentric Goldman to sociopathic Dorf and beyond. The riddle of Dorf's true identity becomes wrapped in an enigma of cunning self-treachery and single minded obsession.

Veteran cinematographer Sam Leavitt enables Hiller to coax a vividly personal and electrifyingly intelligent dual portrait out of Schell. The Man in the Glass Booth is a timeless drama of surprising intimacy and indefatigable courage, "possessing," declared the LA Times "a remarkably resilient sense of lightness for all the profound questions it ponders."

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  • Length
  • Rating PG
  • Released:
  • Added Aug 11 2003
  • Production Year 1975
  • Empire SKU 548218
  • UPC Code 738329028725
  • Studio  Kino Video
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL

Features

An Interview with Director Arthur Hiller
Theatrical Trailer
"Robert Shaw and The Man in the Glass Booth" - An Essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice
The AFT Cinebill for The Man in the Glass Booth
Stills Gallery
An Interview with Edie Landau - Executive in Charge, The American Film Theatre
Ely LAndau: In Front of the Camera - AFT Promotional Reel - 1974
The American Film Theatre Trailer Gallery - Includes a Complete List of the AFT Films
The American Film Theatre Scrapbook

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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