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Mephisto

  • Drama
  • 1981
  • István Szabó
  • 138 mins
  • 15

Summary

Drama starring Klaus Maria Brandauer. Hendrik Höfgen is an ambitious actor in a Hamburg theatre company who is desperate to get to Berlin. But his path to success is plagued with depravity, compromise and betrayal, and his acceptance by the Nazi elite brings him both glory and contempt.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Winner of the Oscar for best foreign film, this was the first in István Szabó's loose trilogy on the theme of treachery and ambition. As in the subsequent Colonel Redl and Hanussen, Klaus Maria Brandauer plays a character who sells his soul for power, here as an actor who blithely ignores the implications of Nazi patronage to achieve stardom. Klaus Mann's source novel is essentially a revision of the Faust legend, but Szabó never loses a sense of historical perspective and delineates the seductive allure of Fascism with chilling detachment to make its evil tenets all the more hideous. Brandauer is majestic and this is a masterpiece.

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Credits

Cast

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Hendrik HöfgenKlaus Maria Brandauer
Nicoletta von NiebuhrIldiko Bansagi
Barbara BrucknerKrystyna Janda
GeneralRolf Hoppe
Hans MiklasGyorgy Cserhalmi
Otto UlrichsPeter Andorai
Juliette MartensKarin Boyd
Lotte LindenthalChristine Harbort

Crew

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DirectorIstván Szabó

Details

Languages
English | German | Hungarian
Guidance
Contains some violence, swearing and brief nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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