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Sex In Chains DVD

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Brimming with visual invention and breathless erotic angst, Sex in Chains uniquely combines gorgeous cinematic craftsmanship with bold subject matter. Made at the peak of the German silent era, Sex in Chains defines the Weimar era artistic freedom that would shortly fall prey to the Nazis. An astonishing mixture of love story, socially conscious expose and lurid melodrama, Sex in Chains assuredly balances tender romance with candid erotica and uninhibited imagination with crisp realism. It's maybe the best silent film of its director and star Wilhelm Dieterle. he later became successful in Hollywood as William Dieterle, directing classics like The Life of Emile Zola and A Portrait of Jennie. When Sommer (William Dieterle) accidentally kills a nightclub patron caught harassing his wife Helene (Mary Johnson), he's sentenced to three years in prison. Inside prison, Sommer grapples with the realities of men separated from women but not from temptation, while outside Mary longs for her husband's reassuring caress. Denied the physical comfort promised in their marriage vows, the young newlyweds are driven to risk their future and find release where they can - Sommer in the arms of a handsome fellow prisoner and Helene with the boss whose kindness becomes her only solace. Remarkably at ease with his taboo subject matter, director Dieterle depicts the hothouse passions of Sex in Chains with ravishing black and white photography. Actor Dieterle gives a restrained, honest performance as a traditionally-minded young husband forced to test his marriage and his very sexuality. Though censored after its 1928 release, Sex in Chains has been restored to its original state-of-the-silent-film-art brilliance by the Filmmuseum Muenchen and is presented here for the first time on DVD.
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  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 86 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
  • Subtitles: English
  • Color: Black & White
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  • 20s Economic Situation
  • Engaging Characters
  • Great Cinematography
  • Moving Personal Tale
  • Original
  • Tame By Today's Standards
  • Weimar Economic Problems


  • Not What I Expected
  • Predictable Till End

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  • Adult Viewers
  • At Home

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German silent films are always fascinating. This reflects the difficult economic situation in 20s Germany and the unjust legal system. Ending would not have been allowed under Code in US. Interesting to see William Dieterle in his element, before emigrating to the US.

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