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István Szabó (I)


István Szabó was the first director to bring home to Hungary the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie receiving the award was his 1981 film Mephisto. In January 2006, it became public that he had been an agent of the III/III department, a former communist agency of interior intelligence. After the revolution in 1956, he was blackmailed ... See full bio »

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 43 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Sunshine Director
(1999)
Mephisto Director
(1981)
Confidence Director
(1980)
(1992)

Filmography

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 2020 Final Report (directed by)
 2012/I The Door
 2006 Rokonok
 2004 Being Julia
 2004 From Europe Into Europe (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 Katzenspiel (TV Movie)
 1985 Colonel Redl
 1984 Bali (TV Movie)
 1982 Levél apámhoz (TV Movie)
 1981 Mephisto
 1980 Confidence
 1979 Várostérkép (Short)
 1976 Ösbemutató (TV Movie)
 1972 Dream About a House (Short)
 1971 Budapest, Why I Love It (Short)
 1970 Lovefilm
 1969 Bors (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1967 Piety (Short)
 1966 Father
 1963 You (Short)
 1962 Koncert (Short)
 1962 Variációk egy témára (Short)
 1960 Bill Poster (Short)
 1959 A hetedik napon (Short)
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Alternate Names:

Istvan Szabo

Spouse:

Vera Gyürey
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Personal Quote:

[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 »

Trivia:

In January 2006, it became public that he had been an agent of the III/III department, a former communist agency of interior intelligence. After the revolution in 1956, he was blackmailed and forced to cooperate, though later he was considered willingly cooperative. Allegedly, he wrote reports about fellow Hungarian directors, actors and actresses such as Miklós Jancsó, Mari Töröcsik, Károly Mécs... See more »

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Cinematography by Lajos Koltai

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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