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István Szabó (I)

Istvan Svabo was the first Hungarian director to win an Oscar (Although a Hungarian-American director, Michael Curtiz [Mihaly Kertesz], also won an Oscar previously for directing Casablanca). He received the award for his 1981 movie Mephisto. In January 2006, it became public that he had been an agent of the III/III department, a former communist ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 39 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Sunshine Director
Mephisto Director
Colonel Redl
Colonel Redl Director
Being Julia
Being Julia Director


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 2012/I The Door
 2006 Rokonok
 2004 Being Julia
 2004 Európából Európába (Documentary short) (segment "2")
 2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (segment "Ten Minutes After")
 2001 Taking Sides
 1999 Sunshine
 1997 Minden Ami Zene (TV Series) (series director)
 1996 Offenbachs Geheimnis (TV Movie)
 1991 Meeting Venus
 1988 Hanussen
 1985 Colonel Redl
 1984 Bali (TV Movie)
 1983 Katzenspiel (TV Movie)
 1982 Levél apámhoz (TV Movie)
 1981 Mephisto
 1980 Bizalom
 1977 Várostérkép (Short)
 1974 Ösbemutató (TV Movie)
 1972 Dream About a House (Short)
 1971 Budapest, Why I Love It (Short)
 1970 Lovefilm
 1968 Bors (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1967 Piety (Short)
 1966 Father
 1963 You (Short)
 1962 Koncert (Short)
 1961 Variációk egy témára (Short)
 1960 Bill Poster (Short)
 1959 A Hetedik napon (Short)
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[on Mephisto (1981)] I only wanted to show the problem and hoped that the viewer will identify with that character and then feel ashamed. And if they do feel ashamed, they will encounter themselves. Then they can get to know themselves better. And maybe that feeling of shame - that cathartic sense of shame - is a vaccination against actually being like that. This is out effort with that film, and... See more »


Directed one Oscar nominated performance: Annette Bening in Being Julia (2004). See more »


Cinematography by Lajos Koltai

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