Mephisto (1981)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 29, 1981
DVD Release Date: June 26, 2001
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Time Out

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

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Cole Smithey

Disillusionment takes on a tragically melancholy appearance. What masks are "Mephisto's" audiences wearing today?

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A disappointingly thin, conventional film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A compelling melodrama, essentially a revisiting of Goethe's version of the Faust legend, revised for the pre-war Nazi rise to power period.

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Variety Staff

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

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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

TV Guide

An inspired update of the Faust legend featuring a tour de force performance by Klaus Maria Brandauer.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
vieras esine
What 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… More
cody franklin
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… More
Emily B.
A fantastic performance by Klaus Maria Brandauer. <a… More

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