1981, Drama, 2h 15m23 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings
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Critic Reviews for Mephisto
Istvan Szabo's Mephisto is brilliant metaphorical filmmaking containing one of the more memorable film-acting performances in recent years.April 27, 2018 | Full Review…
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 disappointingly thin, conventional film.
Hungaro pic shows extraordinary period flair for the Germany of the 1920s and '30s, balanced acting by a multinational cast, and exemplary direction.
Difficult subject, but well pulled off. Too long though.July 28, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
A superbly modulated, fruitfully ambivalent central performance by Brandauer carries the emotional and intellectual weight of the political dilemma.June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for Mephisto
Jul 30, 2010An interesting exploration of how an actor can change his mind about political interests based upon the pursuit of fame, national identity and success. Not sure if the ending was an ending but I can see what they hoped to achieve. Not sure if the film is against or for National Socialism but they do show the movement as prominently confident and strong yet suppressive regarding anything outside their ideology/politics. The film is less stage and more his personal life and standing.Alexander C Super Reviewer
Feb 27, 2009Oscar winning film about a actor who sells his soul to advance as a actor and a citizen in the Nazi Germany.Klaus Maria Brandauer is great as a down and out actor who changes his beliefs to advance as Germany's greatest actor.The movie is a take on Faust and as the film continues Klaus goes from the devil to Faust himself. I loved the idea and it is executed perfectly. The only problem is the film has a sudden ending that really doesn't have much resolve. The movie is over 2 hours and they could trim about 20 minutes and add more of a ending.cody f Super Reviewer
Aug 30, 2008A fantastic performance by Klaus Maria Brandauer. <a href="http://s135.photobucket.com/albums/q156/bozley04/?action=view¤t=mephisto1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q156/bozley04/mephisto1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>Emily B Super Reviewer
Dec 15, 2007What would you do? The first hour or so was momentarily almost dreadfully dull, but luckily things became more interesting towards the end as he really started to contemplate his doings.vieras e Super Reviewer
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