MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 9,247 this week

Mephisto (1981)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  22 March 1982 (USA)
7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 6,717 users  
Reviews: 21 user | 25 critic

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. As his associates and ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 08 Apr 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 20 Aug 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 24 Jan 2014
 
a list of 36 titles
created 06 Apr 2014
 
a list of 33 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Mephisto" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mephisto (1981)

Mephisto (1981) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mephisto.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hanussen (1988)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Erland Josephson, Ildikó Bánsági
Sunshine (1999)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz
Taking Sides (2001)
Drama | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A tale based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the controversial conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic whose tenure coincided with the controversial Nazi era. One of the most spectacular ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgård, Moritz Bleibtreu
Father (1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: István Szabó
Stars: András Bálint, Miklós Gábor, Dániel Erdély
Biao ge dao (1987)
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ng, a former England restaurant owner, visits Hong Kong to settle some differences with his cousin, Ma. Meanwhile, a group of other cousins intervenes to make ends meet and attempts to ... See full summary »

Director: Ma Wu
Stars: Kenny Bee, Richard Ng, Ma Wu
Lovefilm (1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Jansci reminiscences about Kata his childhood friend in pre-WWII Budapest, They are separated as a result of WWII. Reunited as adults, they struggle with whether they will stay in each others lives.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Judit Halász, András Bálint, Edit Kelemen
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Hungary's postwar history told through the dreams, nightmares, and memories of the inhabitants of an old house on the eve of it's destruction.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Lucyna Winnicka, Margit Makay, Károly Kovács
Rokonok (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Young honest public official is sworn in after his predecessor had to leave due to a corruption scandal. Soon, the young idealist discovers just how far-reaching the corruption is in his town and how easy it is to become corrupt yourself.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Sándor Csányi, Ildikó Tóth, Károly Eperjes
Bizalom (1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

During WW2 Hungarian resistance hides a married couple from the officials. The woman is sent to act as the wife of one of the resistance members who is also in hiding and pretending to be somebody else. They slowly begin to fall in love.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Ildikó Bánsági, Péter Andorai, Oszkárné Gombik
Méphisto (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Directors: Henri Debain, Georges Vinter
Stars: Jean Gabin, René Navarre, Janine Ronceray
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story shows Emma's and Böbe's fight for survival, for keeping their position in society which they achieved with hard work in the previous regime. They don't want to lose their place and become village girls again.

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Johanna ter Steege, Enikö Börcsök, Péter Andorai
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Auf einem Arztekongress in Wien lerne sie sich kennen: Renate, eine junge deutsche Aerztin und Jan, ein Kollege aus Warschau. Es ist Liebe auf den ersten Blick. Jan jedoch ist verheiratet ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Hannelore Elsner, Péter Andorai, Krystyna Janda
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Barbara Bruckner
Ildikó Bánsági ...
Nicoletta von Niebuhr
Rolf Hoppe ...
Tábornagy
...
Hans Miklas
Péter Andorai ...
Otto Ulrichs
Karin Boyd ...
Juliette Martens
Christine Harbort ...
Lotte Lindenthal
Tamás Major ...
Oskar Kroge, színigazgató
Ildikó Kishonti ...
Dora Martin, primadonna
Mária Bisztrai ...
Motzné, tragika
Sándor Lukács ...
Rolf Bonetti, bonviván
Ágnes Bánfalvy ...
Angelika Siebert, naiva (as Bánfalvi Ágnes)
Judit Hernádi ...
Rachel Mohrenwitz, drámai szende
Vilmos Kun ...
Ügyelõ
Edit

Storyline

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. As his associates and friends flee or are ground under by the Nazi terror, the popularity of his character supercedes his own existence until he finds that his best performance is keeping up appearances for his Nazi patrons. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Language:

| |

Release Date:

22 March 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mefisto  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 1,925,462 (Sweden)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on the novel "Mephisto" by Klaus Mann, which obviously portrays his former brother-in-law Gustaf Gründgens. Therefore, it was banned in Germany until 2000. See more »

Goofs

In the movie's final scene, the modern track is visible in Berlin's Olympic Stadium. See more »

Quotes

[Hendrik stumbles upon some soldiers beating up a Jew]
Hendrik Hoefgen: They must be drunk.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Discovering 'Evil Dead' (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Gräfin Dubarry
Music by Karl Millöcker (as Millöcker)
Sung by Magda Kalmár
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Mephisto is magnificent
23 July 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

What can one say about this film apart from it being totally brilliant? Klaus Maria Brandauer is ideally cast in the role of Hendrik Hoefgen. The character of Hoefgen is a thinly disguised version of the famous German actor and Director of the Prussian State Theatre in Berlin, Gustav Grundgens. Grundgens compromised with the National Socialist authorities under Hitler to retain his role in the theatre. Others left as they did not want to be associated with the Third Reich and all its horrors. Marlene Dietrich was one such person. Grundgens remained. This film is a classic for any drama student as it shows the state of theatre in Germany before the rise of the Third Reich in Germany. It very clearly depicts theatre pre-1918 and also the early and important work of Bertolt Brecht. The thuggery of the Nazi German regime is clearly exposed with all the filth who polluted the upper echelons of society down to the working man. This is a brilliant piece of film making. Don't miss it as it is gripping drama.


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Meaning of the last line zenkampf
One of the best movies zenkampf
more great hungarian films perrote
The historical prime minister? ais1957
Which language do they speak? im1304
Heinz Vs. Hendrik zenkampf
Discuss Mephisto (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?