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Mephisto (1981)



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A Hungarian update of the Faustian legend, Istvan Szabo's Mephisto stars Klaus Maria Brandauer as Hendrik Hofgen, a successful theatrical performer who has grown bored with the accepted confines of the dramatic form. Yearning for something more innovative, his groundbreaking ideas are met with commercial indifference; in an act of desperation, Hofgen sells his soul. The twist is that he sells it not to the Devil, but to the Nazis.
Art House & International , Drama
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Klaus Maria Brandauer
as Hendrik Hoefgen
Krystyna Janda
as Barbara Bruckner
Ildikó Bánsági
as Nicoletta von Niebuhr
Karin Boyd
as Juliette Martens
Rolf Hoppe
as The General
Christine Harbort
as Lotte Lindenthal
György Cserhalmi
as Hans Miklas
Christiane Graskoff
as Cesar Von Muck
Peter Andorai
as Otto Ulrichs
Ildikó Kishonti
as Dora Martin
Tamas Major
as Oskar H. Kroge
Maria Bisztrai
as Motzné, tragika
Sandor Lukacs
as Rolf Bonetti, bonviván
Judit Hernadi
as Rachel Mohrenwitz, drámai szende
Vilmos Kun
as Ügyelõ
Ida Versenyi
as Súgó
Istvan Komlos
as Kis Böck, Öltöztetõ
Sari Gencsy
as Bella Hilfgrin
Zdzislaw Mrozewski
as Bruckner, tanácsos
Jozsef Csor
as Joachim
Stanislava Strobachova
as Tábornokné
Karoly Ujlaky
as Sebastian
Christian Grashoff
as Cesar von Muck
Martin Hellberg
as Professor
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Critic Reviews for Mephisto

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | July 28, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A disappointingly thin, conventional film.

Full Review… | July 28, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Hungaro pic shows extraordinary period flair for the Germany of the 1920s and '30s, balanced acting by a multinational cast, and exemplary direction.

Full Review… | July 28, 2008
Top Critic

A superbly modulated, fruitfully ambivalent central performance by Brandauer carries the emotional and intellectual weight of the political dilemma.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The actor is played by Klaus Maria Brandauer in one of the greatest movie performances I've ever seen.

October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Mephisto seems somewhat remote, without all the urgency of which Mr. Szabo has shown himself capable.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Mephisto

Brilliant take on the enforced cultural-scene in Germany during the second world war. Brandauer adaption is thrilling, the Mephisto set alive.

Anders Ask
Anders Ask

Oscar 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 franklin
cody franklin

Super Reviewer

A fantastic performance by Klaus Maria Brandauer. Photobucket

Emily B.
Emily B.

Super Reviewer

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