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Man in the Glass Booth
     

The Man in the Glass Booth

Director: Arthur Hiller,

Cast: Arthur Hiller, Maximilian Schell, Lois Nettleton, Luther Adler

 

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Actor/writer Robert Shaw's powerhouse stage play The Man in the Glass Booth was transferred to the screen as part of the American Film Theatre series. Maximilian Schell plays Arthur Goldman, a Jewish businessmen living in Manhattan in 1965. A group of Israeli underground agents barge into Goldman's office and kidnap him. He is brought to Israel, placed in a

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Actor/writer Robert Shaw's powerhouse stage play The Man in the Glass Booth was transferred to the screen as part of the American Film Theatre series. Maximilian Schell plays Arthur Goldman, a Jewish businessmen living in Manhattan in 1965. A group of Israeli underground agents barge into Goldman's office and kidnap him. He is brought to Israel, placed in a bulletproof glass booth, and put on trial. His accusers charge that Goldman is not a Jew, but in fact a notorious Nazi war criminal, guilty of unspeakable crimes against humanity. Robert Shaw's name does not appear in the credits of The Man in the Glass Booth; he was so displeased with Edward Anhalt's screen adaptation that he had his name removed from the project.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although people tend to be in two camps about the ultimate quality of The Man in the Glass Booth, it's hard to deny that the film packs a very powerful punch. Although Robert Shaw decried Edward Anhalt's adaptation of his stage play, the fact is that it's a respectful version of the original; the problem is that, as part of the American Film Theatre series, the film by design and intent has been opened up only minimally. Those who prefer their films to be cinematic will likely find Booth somewhat claustrophobic, but director Arthur Hiller actually deserves a great deal of credit for using his camera in such a way as to make the film feel like it's moving even when it's not. Some will have a bigger problem with the screenplay, feeling that it is too manipulative, achieving effects that shock without really digging into deeper moral and dramatic issues. While there is some validity to this, it's also true that this manipulation is enormously effective. Audiences will also be about two minds concerning Maximilian Schell's Oscar-nominated performance. Detractors will complain that he hits one note too often and for too long, and that furthermore that note is shrill. But there's such intensity, power, conviction, and sheer showmanship in his performance that others will be inclined to overlook these complaints. There should be general agreement, however, that Lois Nettleton turns in a subtly nuanced yet surprisingly strong supporting performance and that Lawrence Pressman provides a nicely shaded Charlie. The Man in the Glass Booth's screenplay and central performance have their flaws, but those flaws are inextricable from and add to the film's ultimate impact.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
UPC:
0738329043438
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maximilian Schell Arthur Goldman
Lois Nettleton Miriam Rosen
Luther Adler Presiding Judge
Lawrence Pressman Charlie Cohn
Henry Brown Jack Arnold
Richard Rasof Moshe
David Nash Rami
Martin Berman Uri
Sy Kramer Rudin
Robert H. Harris Dr. Weisberg
Leonidas Ossetynski Samuel
Lloyd Bochner Churchill
Norbert Schiller Schmidt

Technical Credits
Arthur Hiller Director
Mort Abrahams Executive Producer
John A. Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Anhalt Screenwriter
David Bretherton Editor
Ely Landau Producer
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Joel Schiller Production Designer
Henry T. Weinstein Producer
Stan Winston Special Effects

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