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Sex in Chains

Germany, German, 107 mins

Original Title

Geschlecht in Fesseln
  • Director: William Dieterle
  • Writer: Franz Höllering; Herbert Juttke
  • Producer: Leo Meyer

CGiii Comment

It's all about sexual desire and need...in 1928!

And - for 1928 - it's rather risque...and, totally bizarre.

Four prisoners share a cell...one kills himself (because he can't get any nookie) leaving behind the sexually-frustrated husband (whose wife is equally frustrated and goes quite mad, then bonks her boss), a creepy old man and an annoying, camp queen...in walks his replacement, a stud muffin who smells of the outside...and is unopposed to a little bum fun...with the sexually-frustrated husband...

The question is: who will Franz - the sexually-frustrated husband - go to when he's released...his wife or Alfred???

The last 15 minutes are utterly riveting.

Seriously, this is ground-breaking stuff.

A marvel for its time.

Still a marvel.


The(ir) Blurb...

A young man is convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to a term in prison. There he forms a close relationship with his cellmate and upon his release his wife is concerned as to how prison has changed the man she married.

Cast & Characters

William Dieterle as Franz Sommer;
Gunnar Tolnaes as Fabrikant Rudolf Steinau;
Mary Johnson as Helene Sommer;
Paul Henckels as Helenes Vater;
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski as Alfred;
Gerd Briese as Staatsanwalt;
Hugo Werner-Kahle as Der Abgeordnete;
Carl Goetz as Strafgefangener #1;
Friedrich Kurth as Strafgefangener #2;
Arthur Duarte as Strafgefangener 3

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