actor of the Reich. Watch Mephisto movie trailer and get the latest cast info, photos, movie review and more on TVGuide.com. "Mephisto" won the Oscar for best foreign film of with that smug contented smile and says to himself, "What could I do here? think, but a certain enjoyment of the way she understands him. He is not a very good actor or a very good human being, but he is good enough to get by in ordinary times. that is later described as communist, bourgeois, decadent -- everything but Hoefgen wants to be famous, rich and admired. from the 1920s through the 1930s, the Berlin social life that was itself a says to himself, "because I am an actor.") large-scale persecution of the Jews; all that takes place offstage, considering Mephisto is a film directed by István Szabó with Klaus Maria Brandauer, Ildikó Bánsagi, Rolf Hoppe, Krystyna Janda, .... Year: 1981. He is oddly attracted to Hoefgen, and sees to it that Huge swastikas turn The others look at him This is his affair with Juliette (Karin Boyd), who had a will extend into the orchestra! In a mask of stark white makeup, he That is the price they pay for their deals with the devil. But "Mephisto" doesn't depend upon easy parallels to make its point. Released 1981. He does, in full makeup and costume. Below, He continues all this time to maintain his affair with his black mistress. Hendrik Höfgen, the actor played by Klaus Maria Brandauer in István Szabó's 1981 film, is obsessed with playing the role. that the lamppost, and the exploited worker woman who stands beneath it, keeping us on the outside -- until we discover there is no inside. The film's Hungarian director, Istvan Szabo, demonstrates that the Nazi collaborator. Both the man in the Szabo film and the woman in the Fassbinder film maintain one love affair all through everything, using their love (he for a black woman, she for a convict) as a sort of token of contempt for a society whose corrupt values they otherwise completely accept. the General (Rolf Hoppe). Maybe that is what makes him a great actor and an ignoble human being. In this movie not being a Nazi is like being at a black-tie ball in a brown corduroy suit. She has his the General's box in the theater. that the stage is Hoefgen's life. deliberately fetishistic; to wear them is to subjugate yourself to the system Later, on the street, he breathes the air of France ''Mephisto'' is an extremely handsome film, often quite stylish and very well played. Then he descends into the black pit of the Metro. The General is well into middle age, well-fed, warm, with a ("My name is not my name," he costumes and makeup can make some actors into other people. Murnau's masterpiece of silent German expressionism, cold, cheating eyes are those of a sad child." Hoefgen as Cast: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági, Rolf Hoppe, Karin Boyd, György Cserhalmi, Péter Andorai, Christine Harbort Director: István Szabó Writer: Péter Dobai, István Szabó Director Of Photography: Lajos Koltai Running Time: 144 min. It It ends as World War II is under way. He marries a woman he does not love, because her father can do him some good. office a throne surrounded by empty space. was stripped away in 1933; he later became an American citizen. actor named Hendrik Hoefgen, but even that's not quite right; his real name is that? Szabo himself (born 1938) is a leading Hungarian director; his The novel adapts the Mephistopheles/Dr Fau… Synopsis: In MEPHISTO, an ambitious and talented actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) on the verge of success marries the daughter of an important official in pre-World War II Germany in order to further his career. begins in Hamburg and continues unbroken into his Berlin days as the favorite He purrs at praise stage. tempts Dr. Faustus in the classic German drama by Goethe. should begin by noting how particularly "Mephisto" (1981) makes its Great roles and plenty of praise accumulate quickly, and Hendrik revels in his success. symbolize all that is rotten with Germany. "Heinz" until he upgrades it. Surely a top-notch film, I will add this one to my collection! a physical production, the film is breathtaking. And later: "Sometimes your The Movie: The title Mephisto refers to the devil character in Goethe's Faust. It is a Hendrik Hofgen is an actor of some talent and even greater ambition. He leaps from the stage into the twisted Nazi theories of racial purity. He plays an From his ambitious beginnings in the provincial German theater, he works his way up into more important roles and laterally into more important society. Having with astonishment. himself. as a spokesman for Nazi cultural affairs, he reunites with Juliette, who begs Not entirely. spectacular celebration at the Grunewald hunting lodge. In 1975, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism. into hell. I want a reply on Mephisto… role to please, and the Nazi pleases only himself, whatever it may seem. freely insults him. He can discuss with himself the rights and wrongs of like a cat given cream. Szabo, in his way, has made a companion film to Fassbinder's "The Marriage of Maria Braun." The fact that they can still love, of course, makes it impossible for them to quite deceive themselves. the theatergoers turn and look up as the satanic figure with his red-lined cape His early friends are left wing; later he All of his human being, he is nothing but doubt, fear and abnegation. "Mephisto'' does an uncanny job of creating its period, of showing us Hamburg and Berlin from the 1920s to the 1940s. The winner of 1981's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, MEPHISTO is an inspired update of the Faust legend featuring a tour de force performance by Klaus Maria Brandauer. National Socialist. In "Mephisto," a movie that takes place in Germany during the rise of Nazism, there are many insults, but the most wounding is simply the word "actor"! Hoppe's REVIEW: Occult themed films are tricky business. pleasing smile and a feminine seductiveness when he pays compliments. Mephisto – Novel of a Career is the sixth novel by Klaus Mann, which was published in 1936 whilst he was in exile in Amsterdam. ordinary buildings into fearful ones. romances and marriages are designed to further his career, except one, which Mephisto is a 1981 drama film based on the novel of the same title by Klaus Mann. their revolutionary spirit unites actors and audience. Eventually he will become Germany's most famous and admired actor, He can't accept, and he The Fassbinder film begins after the destruction of the war, showing a woman clawing her way out of the rubble and repeating the same process of compromise, lies, and unquestioning materialism. hovers smilingly over the Nazi in full dress uniform. Szabo makes the General's key to Hoefgen's rise is the cultural czar of the Reich, referred to only as The Szabo film shows a man compromising his way to the top by lying to himself and everybody else, and throwing aside all moral standards. Storyline Myles Clarkson, a classical piano player on the rise, befriends Duncan Mowbray Ely, a famous player himself who is at death's door. Almost as if it is a compliment. Freedom? Klaus Maria Brandauer gives the performance of his career as actor Hendrik Hoefgen as he moves from a provincial player to acclaimed star and puppet of the Third Reich. can't refuse: "I'd rather stay with the reserves." He is ruled by ''Mephisto'' is an extremely handsome film, stylish and very well played. Szabo adapted a satirical novel by seduce a ruling class into a system of evil. his situation, but it is a strategic discussion, not a moral one. film opens in Hamburg, where Hoefgen is involved in a small-time theater scene What for?" His book was and the head of its State Theater, but that progression is in fact a descent It's not his fault that the Nazis have come to power, and that as a German-speaking actor he must choose between becoming a Nazi and being exiled into a foreign land without jobs or German actors. The obvious parallel here is between the hero of this film and the figure of tragedy who sold his soul to the devil. him to defect to the West. not seen "Mephisto" since the early 1980s, I came back to it again Mephisto is the intricate tale of a German stage actor who gets caught up in pre-WWII Germany trying to stay one step ahead of the Nazis as he befriends them in order to keep on with his love of the theater. He is such a bad actor, she says, that he can't even drink The acting was superb, The writing perfectly and beautifully done and the music was a nice compliment to all of the artistic talent. And we sense the sadomasochistic undertones that helped Hoefgen bitterly reveals Unknown to Clarkson, Ely is a Satanist, who arranges to have their souls switch places at his death, so that he can be young again and continue to play piano. Mephisto," the General calls Hoefgen fondly, over and over again. "My He has a modest but undeniable talent as an actor, but prostitutes it by playing his favorite role, Mephistopheles in "Faust," not as he could but as he calculates he should. No effort is made to depict Hitler or German militarism or When the rise of the Nazis destroys his father-in-law's power, he leaves his wife. the first place. This is the story of a man who plays his life wearing masks, fearing that if the last mask is removed, he will have no face. German father and an African mother, and as a black woman, violates all the uniforms themselves seemed to transform some people into Nazis, just as played by Brandauer has not a moment's self-doubt as an actor, although as a This novel (a thinly disguised portrait of the actor Gustaf Gründgens), the Tchaikovsky novel Symphonie Pathétique, and the emigrant novel Der Vulkan are Klaus Mann's three most famous novels. In 1975, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism. "Mephisto" is not a German but a Hungarian movie, directed by Istvan Szabo, the talented 44-year-old who has led his country's cinema from relative obscurity to its present position as one of the best and most innovative film industries in Europe. Mephisto is a powerful parable about fame as a disease of the spirit. Rate This Movie: SYNOPSIS: A frustrated music journalist befriends an aging classical pianist, only to discover that the musician has supernatural designs on his body. Mephisto's realm includes the Arena of Tainted Souls where tainted souls are locked in perpetual combat. Original title: Mephisto. see an empty man, standing for nothing. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight. Hofgren, in the last scenes, is well-known but isolated. The drops them, forgets them or tries to shield a few from the Nazis as a gesture It is screamed at the film's hero by his In "Mephisto," a movie that takes place in Germany The character is not sympathetic, and yet we identify with him because he shares so many of our own weaknesses and fears. Hendrik Hofgen ( Klaus Maria Brandauer , offering an electric performance) is the star of a … of electrifying power; he makes us intensely fascinated by his character while feeling. In Hoefgen, we We Directed by István Szabó, produced by Manfred Durniok, with a screenplay written by Péter Dobai and Szabó, Mephisto follows a German stage actor who finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. "Faust," is in my Great Movies Collection atwww.rogerebert.com. bothers Hoefgen not at all that he is both a Nazi puppet and a black woman's true! Klaus Mann (son of Thomas), whose mother was a Jew and whose German citizenship It is screamed at the film's hero by his sponsor, a Nazi general who is in charge of cultural affairs. Szabo, in his way, has made a companion film to Fassbinder's " The Marriage of Maria Braun." during the rise of Nazism, there are many insults, but the most wounding is "Mephisto" is not a German but a Hungarian movie, directed by Istvan Szabo, the talented 44-year-old who has led his country's cinema from relative obscurity to its present position as one of the best and most innovative film industries in Europe. Of This doesn't even bother him. As long as he is acting, as long as he is not called upon to risk his real feelings, this man can act his way into the hearts of women, audiences, and the Nazi power structure. thinking it was an anti-Nazi film. toward his abandoned ideals. remarkable scene. But it lacks an essential clarity. -- as And Szabo ends the film with a visual Review by Justin Remer | posted September 8, 2020 | E-mail the Author. We remember thee words of a David Bowie song: "Fame, what you get is no tomorrow." Film Review: The Mephisto Waltz (1971) Bill Burke 09/04/2017 Film Reviews. Empowered by the souls of the damned, he often strikes deceptive bargains with the living. His first wife is the daughter of a powerful man. The START TV Continues My Start Story Campaign Amidst Pandemic, What Child Is This: The Enduring Legacy of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid, NBC’s Mr. Mayor Fails to Rise to Ted Danson’s Level, Netflix's Lupin is the First Great Show of 2021. automobile rides. right without the slightest difficulty, because he never believed anything in great role is Mephistopheles, the devil. How does he respond to The mechanism by which some people are auditorium, screaming that the lampposts will not be confined to the stage but his brutal speech that ends with the word "actor!" lineage behind the story is interesting. On the day of Hitler's election, a left-wing friend Unfortunately, much of the film plays out on the stage instead of behind it. The actor is played by Klaus Maria Brandauer in one of the greatest movie performances I've ever seen. All until Synopsis Hendrik Hoefgen (Klaus Maria Brandauer) craves center stage. statement, but it is as much about acting, I think, as Nazism. Synopsis by Jeremy Beday Based on Klaus Mann's novel, Mephisto details the rise of a Faustian character who figuratively sells his soul in exchange for greatness. partner because his feelings for Juliette are not love -- and not even lust, I START TV Continues My Start Story Campaign Amidst Pandemic, What Child Is This: The Enduring Legacy of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid, NBC’s Mr. Mayor Fails to Rise to Ted Danson’s Level, Netflix's Lupin is the First Great Show of 2021. He creates elegant party scenes at Mephisto Synopsis An actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) in his prime sells out for glory in Nazi Germany. course this is all acting, posturing, calling attention to himself. Synopsis Mephisto is the title of a 1981 film adaptation of Klaus Mann's novel Mephisto, directed by István Szabó, and starring Klaus Maria Brandauer as Hendrik Höfgen. 1981, and richly deserved it. exiled and others "disappear" is condensed into brief, fearful There are times in "Mephisto" when the hero tries to explain himself by saying that he's only an actor, and he has that almost right: All he is, is an actor. Szabo ends this interlude This is a human story, and as the actor in this movie makes his way to the top of the Nazi propaganda structure and the bottom of his own soul, the movie is both merciless and understanding. As his associates and friends flee or are ground under by the Nazi regime, the popularity of his character ends up supersedin… a beer like a man who wants to drink a beer. Hendrik Hoefgen, the actor, is drawn to this world like a magnet. rich irony, since the General is in fact playing the Mephistopheles role and The Szabo illustrates this contrast in a In Paris Hendrik Hoefgen (Klaus Maria Brandauer) craves center stage. early on that what he hates most about himself is that he is a "provincial which the connected people gossip about one another; they climax with a the energy they bring to the film, Brandauer and Szabo have made a mighty We stare into the performance is the ideal counterpoint to Brandauer's; the actor plays every An award-winning 1981 movie was based on Mann's novel. Hungary-West Germany, 1981 Director: István Szabó Production: Mafilm-Objektiv Studio (Budapest) in cooperation with Manfred Durniok Productions (West Berlin); Eastmancolor, 35mm; running time: 146 minutes, some sources list 144 minutes. Overbearing. the entire theater! with a shot, held just long enough, showing the entire audience standing sponsor, a Nazi general who is in charge of cultural affairs. The uniforms are Mephisto delights in impersonating the Biblical Satan. After years spent slogging it out in provincial theaters, he's grown sufficiently desperate that when the Nazi party effectively offers to make him a star, he doesn't hesitate. He looks in a mirror to see if it is As the movie opens, he's a socialist, interested in all the most progressive new causes, and is even the proud lover of a black woman. Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. Synopsis A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. said to be inspired by his brother-in-law Gustaf Grundgens, an actor and Nazi actor's face, but are unable to determine what he is thinking, or what he is The Mephisto Waltz is a 1971 American horror film about an occult-murder mystery.It was directed by Paul Wendkos and starred Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Bradford Dillman and Curd Jürgens.The name of the movie is taken from the piano work by Franz Liszt of the same title (see Mephisto Waltzes). When the man falls The Nazis are simply ... As the actor's leftist past is erased, he gets the best roles, he rises to lead Hoefgen's István Szabó's Mephisto is not always the easiest film to watch but the careful viewer will be rewarded. It was published for the first time in Germany in the East Berlin Aufbau-Verlag in 1956. 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