Sex in Chains

Directed by William Dieterle

Year: 1928
Running Time: 86
Color Type: B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: Germany
Language: Silent w/English intertitles [audio]
Shop Home Video

Sex in Chains

Cast
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Paul Henckels
Mary Johnson
Gunnar Tolnæs
William Dieterle

Crew
Cinematographer Robert Lach
Writers Georg C. Claren and Herbert Juttke
Directed by William Dieterle


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 (Dieterle) accidentally kills a nightclub patron 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.

Interested in bringing Sex in Chains to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

Sex in Chains may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.

To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

Join the conversation
@KinoLorber on Apr. 30 2017 at 9:09pm
.@OBITthefilm dir. Vanessa Gould & @nytimes archive caretaker Jeff Roth are set for another Q&A @FilmForumNYC tomor… https://t.co/bobyAXU6IT
@KinoLorber on Apr. 30 2017 at 8:38pm
RT @DEADLINE: ‘Colossal’ Crosses $2M As ’Natasha’, ’Obit’ and ‘Buster’s Mal Heart’ Bow Solid – Specialty Box Office https://t.co/mLAvZOUFHc…
@KinoLorber on Apr. 30 2017 at 8:33pm
RT @Graham_Fuller: Judith Chemla is heartbreaking in Stéphane Brizé's feminist masterpiece "A Woman's Tale," opening Friday. https://t.co/y…
@KinoLorber on Apr. 30 2017 at 4:25pm
Ever wonder what goes into writing a NYT obit? @OBITthefilm has your answer! Now playing in NYC, more cities soon:… https://t.co/u6UA8Ej9Tg
@KinoLorber on Apr. 30 2017 at 4:03pm
Kino Lorber News - https://t.co/QGjXdrpSSQ
@KinoLorber on Apr. 30 2017 at 3:00pm
Stéphane Brizé's A WOMAN'S LIFE based on a novel by Guy de Maupassant opens 5/5 in NY, 5/12 in LA & Miami:… https://t.co/T6czdxp2ZN
@KinoLorber on Apr. 30 2017 at 1:55pm
RT @nytimesarts: Read our review of "Obit," the film about the obituaries department of The New York Times https://t.co/XVAr7LlGid
@KinoLorber on Apr. 30 2017 at 1:53pm
RT @NYTObits: Here's the NYT review of @OBITthefilm, the doc about what we do. https://t.co/URmhiASwkN. Here's a screening list: https://t.…
@KinoLorber on Apr. 30 2017 at 11:18am
RT @NuartTheatre: .@OBITthefilm is a delightfully entertaining documentary about the @NYTimes obituary section. It opens Friday with filmma…
@KinoLorber on Apr. 30 2017 at 10:45am
Final @OBITthefilm Q&A of the wknd: @NYTObits writer William Grimes & editor William McDonald, 4:45pm @FilmForumNYC https://t.co/BzdtPPQIP7
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing rodrigo@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com