Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Glass Cell (1978)

Academy Awards, USA 1979

Best Foreign Language Film
West Germany.

Filmverlag der Autoren (Germany)
Directed by Hans W. Geissendörfer
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

An architect is framed by his employer and sent to prison for five years. Upon his release, he finds out his wife had an affair with his lawyer. Although she claims it is long over, he begins to suspect otherwise when presented with tapes of their conversation from the same employer who framed him. One night when going to confront the lawyer, he impulsively murders him. He is then blackmailed by the same employer who secretly taped the murder. The police suspect he is involved but have no proof, until another body shows up. Cold, calculated thriller is as unemotional as its aloof, amoral characters. Intricately plotted, but also oddly predictable, but helped by a dark, moody electronic soundtrack by Niels Janette Walen, cinematography by Robby Muller and a good performance by Brigitte Fossey as the wife.

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