Mephisto Movie Review 1981

Information and Film Reviews for Mephisto the Movie

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Egomaniacal stage actor Hendrik Hofgren (compellingly played by Brandauer) sides with the Nazis to further his career, with disastrous results. An updated version of the Faust legend and the first of three brilliant films by Szabo and Brandauer exploring the price of power and personal sublimation in German history. Klaus Mann based his 1936 novel on the career of German stage actor Gustaf Grundgens who became the director and star of Berlin's Prussian State Theater during WWII. German with subtitles. Followed by "Colonel Redl" and "Hanussen."


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 144 minutes.
Originally from Hungarian.

Cast and Crew

World War II, Price of Fame, Germany, Nazis & Other Paramilitary Slugs
Istvan Szabo, Peter Dobai
Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildiko Bansagi, Karin Boyd, Rolf Hoppe, Christine Harbort, Gyorgy Cserhalmi, Christiane Graskoff, Peter Andorai, Ildiko Kishonti
Lajos Koltai
Istvan Szabo
Zdenko Tamassy
Manfred Durnick


Oscars 1981: Foreign Film.

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