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.
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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
As Hoefgen crosses a street, a car passes in front of him. The crew is reflected in the car's window. See more
What do they want from me now? After all, I am just an actor.
Written by Johann Strauss
(as Johann Strauss) See more