The Man in the Glass Booth

Overview

Part of the American Film Theatre series, The Man in the Glass Booth comes to DVD from Kino International. Originally written by Robert Shaw, this play has been adapted to film by director Arthur Hiller in 1975. Presented with a widescreen transfer enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. Special features start off with "Robert Shaw and The Man in the Glass Booth," an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theater Critic at the Village Voice. Also includes the theatrical trailer, stills gallery, and interviews with both ...
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Overview

Part of the American Film Theatre series, The Man in the Glass Booth comes to DVD from Kino International. Originally written by Robert Shaw, this play has been adapted to film by director Arthur Hiller in 1975. Presented with a widescreen transfer enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. Special features start off with "Robert Shaw and The Man in the Glass Booth," an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theater Critic at the Village Voice. Also includes the theatrical trailer, stills gallery, and interviews with both director Hiller and Edie Landau, executive of the American Film Theatre. Most of the other special features are vintage AFT promotional materials, like a cinebill, trailer gallery, scrapbook, filmography, and a promotional reel from 1974 entitled "Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera. "
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Special 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; Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • UPC: 738329028725
  • Original Release: 1975
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 49,905

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, 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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "Why Do I Live?" [9:24]
2. Conspiratorial Glances [10:20]
3. Paranoia [9:38]
4. "It's Now a Rainy Day" [4:39]
5. The Last Supper [7:10]
6. Memories in the Attic [7:15]
7. The Abduction [8:16]
8. "See You in Court, Colonel" [12:10]
9. Prosecutor's Statement [5:43]
10. First Witnesses [10:34]
11. "The Man... Is a Jew" [7:14]
12. No Heroes [5:45]
13. "It Happened out of Love" [5:28]
14. The Doctors [6:20]
15. "Why Did You Do It?" [6:14]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Special Features
      An Interview With Director Arthur Hiller
      The Man in the Glass Booth Theatrical Trailer
      Bonus Trailer: The Specialist
         Play Trailer
      "Robert Shaw and The Man in the Glass Booth" by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice
      The AFT Cinebill for The Man in the Glass Booth
         A Note From Arthur Hiller
         On the Trial & the Mind of Adolf Eichmann
      The Man in the Glass Booth Stills Gallery
      An Interview With Edie Landau, Executive in Charge, the American Film Theatre (26 Min)
         Play Interview
      Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera, AFT Promotional Reel - 1974 (6 Min)
      Trailer Gallery - Includes a Complete List of AFT Films
         Butley: Play
         A Delicate Balance: Play
         The Home-Coming: Play
         The Iceman Cometh: Play
         Lost in the Stars: Play
         Luther: Play
         Rhinoceros: Play
         Three Sisters: Play
         Galileo: Play
         Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris: Play
         The Maids: Play
         The Man in the Glass Booth: Play
         Play All
      The American Film Theatre Scrapbook - A Collection of Articles and Essays
         A Letter From Ely Landau - Written in 1973, to Potential AFT Subscribers
         "Ely Landau Presents the American Film Theatre" - An Article by Larry Gross
         An Interview With Ely Landau
         Very Nice for Us All by Edward Albee
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