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Sex In Chains Review


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Sex in Chains doesn't deliver much of either, so if you're looking for kink in this historical oddity recently dug up from the archives of classic silent German cinema, you'll be disappointed. If, however, you'd like to take a trip back to the Weimar era to see what was on the minds of the filmmakers of the time (and to see some beautiful cars, by the way), you'll be fascinated. This is an elegant, urbane Germany, and it's creepy to visit today knowing that Hitler was hiding just around the corner.

Sex in Chains concerns itself with politics, but only in a roundabout way. Times are a bit tough for the young Sommers couple. Franz (William Dieterle) has been unemployed for a while, and his wife Helene (Mary Johnson) frets at home as he attempts to find any sort of decent job. He even signs on as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, and in one notable scene, he pitches to a wealthy young fraulein who feeds her cat gourmet food as she watches his demonstration. His look of disgust is memorable.

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