The Man in the Glass Booth


Millionaire Jewish entrepreneur Arthur Goldman (Maximilian Schell) benvolently rules his financial empire from a penthouse apartment overlooking Manhattan. Seemingly at the edge of sanity, Goldman holds forth on everyting from Papal edicts to ex-wives, from baseball to his family's massacre in a Nazi concentration camp. When Goldman remarks on a blue Mercedes continuously parked outside his building, Goldman's captive audience of assistant (Lawrence Pressman) and chauffeur (Henry Brown) dismiss their boss' anxiety as encroaching paranoia. But each of Goldman's passionate, seemingly capricious ravings are transformed into a shocking, inadvertent deposition when Israeli agents capture Goldman and put him on trial as Adolph Dorf, the commandant of the concentration camp where Goldman's family was supposedly exterminated. In a trial scene of unrelenting intensity, Academy Award© winner Schell (Judgement at Nuremberg) crafts what the Detroit Free Press called "a white-hot lead performance," mutating from eccentric Goldman to sociopath Dorf and beyond. The riddle of Dorf's true identity becomes wrapped in an enigma of cunning self-treachery and single-minded obsession. 



Arthur Goldman Maximilian Schell
Miriam Rosen Lois Nettleton
Charlie Cohn Lawrence Pressman
Presiding Judge Luther Adler
Dr. Churchill Lloyd Bochner
Dr. Weisburger Robert H. Harris
Jack Henry Brown


Director Arthur Hiller
Writer (Play) Robert Shaw
Writer (Screenplay) Edward Anhalt
Executive Producer Mort Abrahams
Producer Ely A. Landau

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