The Man in the Glass Booth (1975)





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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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Maximilian Schell
as Arthur Goldman
Luther Adler
as Presiding Judge
Robert H. Harris
as Dr. Weisberg
Lawrence Pressman
as Charlie Cohn
Lloyd Bochner
as Churchill
Lois Nettleton
as Miriam Rosen
Henry Brown
as Jack Arnold
Sy Kramer
as Rudin
David Nash
as Rami
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the Glass Booth

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Only when the ending credits are rolling will you be able to fully appreciate and understand the wonderful drama that you've just witnessed.

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Man in the Glass Booth

An interesting picture that certainly plays tricks on the mind and causes you to really wonder about reality.

John Ballantine
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An amazing performance by Maximilian Schell as Arthur Goldman. A man, tormented by his having survived the holocaust in a Nazi concentration camp now living a life of wealth and luxury in Manhattan becomes obsessed with the guilt of his survival. In his quest for understanding and peace he comes to realize that as a surviving prisoner he is morally no better than a surviving prison guard or anyone else who was caught up in the Nazi horrors. In order to create his own peace he must also create peace for everyone who was unable to individually do anything but survive. To that end, he uses his enormous wealth to take the place of an individual, Dorf, who is a prison guard/war criminal. Goldman's dilemma is that his peace lies in first making peace with the roles of the guards he loathes. The movie seems long because none of the core meanings and nuances are delivered on a platter. It takes time to understand Mr. Goldman's demons and to understand his strategy for dealing with them. The viewer may wish to immediately re-watch the long, slow beginning as soon as the gravity of the last scene reveals Mr. Goldman's peace.

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Patient and perceptive viewing is the key here, for only when the ending credits are rolling will you be able to fully appreciate and understand the wonderful drama that you've just witnessed.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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