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22 March 1982 (USA) See more »
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Before "The Truman Show", "Mephisto" asks its audience, what is good entertainment? See more (24 total) »


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Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Hendrik Höfgen

Krystyna Janda ... Barbara Bruckner
Ildikó Bánsági ... Nicoletta von Niebuhr
Rolf Hoppe ... Tábornagy

György Cserhalmi ... 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
Ida Versényi ... Súgó
István Komlós ... Kis Böck, Öltöztetõ
Sári Gencsy ... Bella Hilfgrin
Zdzislaw Mrozewski ... Bruckner, tanácsos
Stanislava Strobachová ... Tábornokné (as Stanislava Strobachow)
Károly Ujlaky ... Sebastian
György Bánffy ... Faust
József Csör ... Joachim, jellemszínész
Christian Grashof ... Cesar von Muck
Teri Tordai ... Laura, szobrásznõ

Hédi Temessy ... Egy nagybankos neje
David Robinson ... Davidson, kritikus
Géza Kovács ... Müller, kritikus
Hans Ulrich Laufer ... Radig, szerkesztõ
Margrid Hellberg ... Fiatal énekesnõ
Kerstin Hellberg ... Fiatal énekesnõ
Irén Bordán ... Filmszínésznõ
Oszkár Gáti ... Filmszínész
Tamás Balikó ... A Tábornagy szárnysegéde
Ödön Rubold ... A Tábornagy szárnysegéde
István Palotai ... A Tábornagy szárnysegéde
Bertalan Papp ... A Tábornagy szárnysegéde
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rózsa Balogh
Mónika Bognár
Béla Bolykovszki (as Bolykovszky Béla)
Erzsébet Czeglédi
János Dömölky
Mária Fekete
Katalin Fráter
Tamás Fésüs
Oszkárné Gombik
Martin Hellberg ... Professor (as Prof. Martin Hellberg)
Magda Kalmár ... Soprano singer (singing voice)
István Karsai
Bazsa Kiss
Katalin Korancz
Géza Laczkovich
György Lencz
József Lukácsi
Sándor Majoros
Lajos Mezey
Vilmos Mosóczy
Rita Máté
Tamás Philipovics
Fruzsina Pregitzer
Gizella Ramshorn
András Sebestyén
Csilla Strébely
Mihály Szacsky
Erzsi Sándor
Kati Sólyom (as Sólyom Katalin)
Péter Tihanyi
Tamás Tóth
Vidor Török
Katalin Varga

János Xantus
Imre Zvoronics

István Szabó ... Theatre party attendant (uncredited)

Directed by
István Szabó 
Writing credits
Péter Dobai (screenplay) and
István Szabó (screenplay)

Klaus Mann (novel)

Produced by
Manfred Durniok .... producer
Original Music by
Zdenkó Tamássy 
Cinematography by
Lajos Koltai 
Film Editing by
Zsuzsa Csákány 
Art Direction by
József Romvári 
Set Decoration by
János P. Nagy  (as Nagy János)
Costume Design by
Ágnes Gyarmathy 
Makeup Department
Edit Basilides .... makeup artist
Ábrisné Basilides .... makeup artist
Rozalia Szegedi .... hair stylist
Production Management
Lajos Óvári .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mara Luttor .... assistant director
Art Department
János Czakó .... stand-by props
Éva Martin .... construction manager
Sound Department
György Fék .... sound
Martin Steyer .... adr mixer
András Szeredás .... dubbing scenarist
Lou Horvath .... stunts
Bela Kasi .... assistant stunt coordinator
Ferenc Novinecz .... stunts
Béla Unger .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Magda B. Müller .... still photographer
Gyula Kovács .... camera operator
József Marton .... chief lighting technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judit Rákosi .... wardrobe
Gabor Szabo .... dresser
Editorial Department
Géza Fülöp .... color consultant
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
László Kovács .... colorist: restoration (uncredited)
Kovács László .... colorist: restoration (uncredited)
Location Management
Sándor Martosi Mórocz .... location manager (as Sándor Mórocz)
Jozsef Pleskonics .... location manager
Péter Rajczi .... location manager
Other crew
Zoltán Jekely .... translator
Mária Ligeti .... choreographer
Sarolta Lányi .... translator
Angelika Máté .... translator
Péter Máté .... translator
Bertalan Papp .... advisor
János Rózsa .... script editor
Béla Szirmai .... choreographer
Béla Vaszary .... set doctor
György Velezdi .... technician (as Velezdy György)
Sándor Zeidler .... advisor
Barbara Stone .... special thanks
David C. Stone .... special thanks

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144 min | Spain:126 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

Never once is the name "Hitler" mentioned or Hitler's image shown throughout the film. Similarly: actor Rolf Hoppe's character, although obviously portraying Hermann Göring, is never referred to by name, only his title "marshall". Göring was reichsmarschall (Reich's Marshall), a title especially made for him as he was Hitler's next in command during the Third Reich. Nor is the traditional raised arm nazi salute ever done in the movie.See more »
Anachronisms: As Hoefgen leaves the Deux Magots café in Paris after meeting with his first wife, decals for contemporary credit cards - Visa, among them - can be seen on the window of the door.See more »
Hendrik Hoefgen:Am I not the most dreadful villain you have seen?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982)See more »
Gräfin DubarrySee more »


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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Before "The Truman Show", "Mephisto" asks its audience, what is good entertainment?, 10 January 1999
Author: neil peter huthnance ( from Sydney, Australia

Another disturbing film about the complicity of ordinary people in fascism, which explores similar territory to "Cabaret", "The Conformist", "The Leopard" and "The Remains of the Day". It argues that fascism demonstrates how difficult it is to separate one's public and private roles and beliefs from politics. The title character, an actor, starts to realise how his "make believe" public role has very real, tragic consequences. In this sense, the film has merit beyond its superb acting and other technical features: it subverts the liberal pieties of Hollywood drama which resolve all conflict within the confines of the existing social system. It undercuts the banality of much film criticism which says it is "just entertainment" with "no subtext"- as if produced in a social/historical vacuum with no point of view. In short, the film argues that artists, like everyone else, have to take some responsibility and assume a critical role or risk being haunted, like Mephisto, by the awareness that they have become pawns in a dangerous game.

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