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Based on Klaus Mann's novel, Mephisto details the rise of a Faustian character who figuratively sells his soul in exchange for greatness. Hendrik Hofgen (Klaus Maria Brandauer, offering an electric performance) is the star of a state-funded theater department who tires of his job. Like his friends, he pays lip service to socialist ideals fashionable for artists of his time -- that is, until the Nazis rise to power. He then sees an opportunity to achieve his objective of fame: he will perform
Sep 29, 1981 Wide
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Few have dared what Brandauer accomplishes: showing us a good actor responding to the same neurotic drive for the center of the stage, the immortalizing role. His is a great performance, nothing less.
A superbly modulated, fruitfully ambivalent central performance by Brandauer carries the emotional and intellectual weight of the political dilemma.
The actor is played by Klaus Maria Brandauer in one of the greatest movie performances I've ever seen.
Mephisto seems somewhat remote, without all the urgency of which Mr. Szabo has shown himself capable.
A compelling melodrama, essentially a revisiting of Goethe's version of the Faust legend, revised for the pre-war Nazi rise to power period.
An inspired update of the Faust legend featuring a tour de force performance by Klaus Maria Brandauer.
Winner of the 1981 foreign lingo Oscar, Szabu's modern Faustian take is rather conventional in story and ideas, but it has strong emotional pull due to Brandauer's bravura performance.
Slow-burning and bleak, this detailed study of deception and self-justification is brought to life by the virtuoso performance of Klaus Maria Brandauer and the perfectly restrained direction of Istvan Szabó.
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