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Mephisto

Synopsis
Feature film which details the rise of a Faustian character who figuratively sells his soul in exchange for greatness. Hendrik Hoefgen (Brandauer) is the head of a state-funded theatre 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 propaganda plays and thereby use the Nazis as a vehicle to ensure recognition across the country. One of his projects is a production of Hamlet, excerpts from which are shown.
Language
German (Standard)
Country
Austria; Germany; Hungary
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1981
Duration
144 mins; 12,960 feet

Credits

Director
István Szabó
Cinematographer
Lajos Koltai
Screenplay
István Szabó; Péter Dobai
Music
Zolenko Tamassy
Art Direction
Jozsef Romvari
Cast
Klaus Maria BrandauerHendrik Hoefgen

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Hamlet
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
Based on the novel by Klaus Mann.
Awards
1982 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Reviews
Ebert, Roger. Chicago Sun-Times (January 1 1981). Ebert writes that Brandauer gives the finest movie performance he has ever seen.

Production Company

Name

Magyar Filmgyarto Vallalat

Name

Manfred Durniok Film

Name

Objektiv Filmstudio

Name

Osterreichischer Rundfunk-Fernsehen

Distributor (Hire)

Name

BFI Film Bookings Unit

Email
bookings.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8938 / 8935
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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