Mephisto

István Szabó

 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.


Year: 1981

Country: Hungary

Language: English, Hungarian, German & Esperanto

Running Time: 144 minutes

1981 Cannes Film Festival, Palme d’Or nominee, Best Screenplay Award winner; 1982 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

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