In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus tries to commit suicide jumping off the roof of his manor. However, he survives with the entire body paralyzed and dependable of an iron lung with glass sides. His wife Griselda decides to hire a nurse since she does not bear the situation. Klaus asks Griselda to hire Angelo, a mysterious teenager that appears in their house.
Angelo befriends Klaus’ daughter Rena and sooner it is shown that Klaus was a pedophile that loved to feel the fear of death in young boys before abusing and killing them. Further, Angelo is a disturbed and totally insane victim of his experiments that intends to follow the insanities described in Klaus’ diary and incorporate his personality.
In a Glass Cage (Spanish: Tras el cristal) is a 1986 Spanish film written and directed by Agustí Villaronga and starring Günter Meisner, Marisa Paredes, and David Sust. The plot follows an ex-Nazi child molester who is now paralyzed and depending on an iron lung to live. A young man who comes to nurse him was one of his former victims years before.
The film was inspired by the history of Gilles de Rais. With its theme mixing Nazism, pedophilia, torture, and homosexuality, the film was highly controversial. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Teddy Awards, the film was selected to be shown at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2016.
In a Crystal Cage (1986)
Directed by: Agustí Villaronga
Starring: Günter Meisner, David Sust, Marisa Paredes, Imma Colomer, Gisèle Echevarría, David Cuspinera, Ricardo Carcelero, Alberto Manzano
Screenplay by: Agustí Villaronga
Production Design by: Francesc Candini
Cinematography by: Jaume Peracaula
Film Editing by: Raúl Román
Costume Design by: Andrés Urdiciaian, Imma Vallmitjana
Music by: Javier Navarrete
Distributed by: Lauren films
Release Date: March 5, 1986