Sunday, February 20

In a Glass Cage (Tras el cristal) (1987) - 1988 CineVista Video VHS

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I'm going to defer to Chris Gallant's excellent write-up concerning Agustín Villaronga's In a Glass Cage over at Kinoeye. I've read several commentaries of this extremely controversial film and find his interpretation the most thoughtful. Like Gallant and others have pointed out, Villaronga evokes a cyclical paradigm between violence and the passing of time--both in microcosm within the primary relationship and overarching narrative. That and an exploration of a host of other heady themes like Fascism, pedophilia, and the ruination of humanity. It's hard to take this film any other way but deadly serious; which might hurt potential revisits since the experience is thoroughly unpleasant. There's a timeless quality to In A Glass Cage and it feels right in line with more recent Spanish cinema for those familiar with names like De La Iglesia, Amenábar, Del Toro, and Balagueró. Just crushingly bleaker than anything those filmmakers have ever done. Urban Classics Video's VHS also includes trailers for Galactic Gigolo (1987) and Assault of the Killer Bimbos (1988).

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