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464 Ratings

In a Glass Cage

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Directed by Agustí Villaronga
Spain, 1986
Drama, History, LGBTQ+
  • Spanish
  • English


Agustí Villaronga’s legendary, controversial film debut has lost nothing of its power. To those unafraid, it provides an insight into human decline. A Nazi death camp doctor who has fled to Spain continues his terrible activities, until he ends up in an iron lung.

Our take

A stunning film debut from Spain, deeply embedded in the dark and tortured histories suppressed and unnamable. Agustí Villaronga transmutes them into a sensual, nocturnal thriller equal parts De Palma and Argento, all richly intertwined with history’s horrors—and not for the faint of heart.

In a Glass Cage Directed by Agustí Villaronga

Critics reviews

…This is certainly a confrontational way to begin a movie, yet Villaronga and cinematographer Jaume Peracaula’s technique is so bewitching, so seductive that you can’t help but follow into the depths. And what depths they are!
February 02, 2016
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