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Plot: 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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Inner Darkness and Outer Exposure
We’re all familiar with the archetypal Faustian Bargain, where, in exchange for your soul, the devil grants your wishes. But Why might someone might want to make such a bargain? I mean, there are the common lusts and desires; but, the question still remains: What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Mephisto suggests an answer. And it’s not to be found in evil machinations of the Prince of Darkness and his minions, or any such nonsense. It’s found in the human psyche.
Brilliantly played by Klaus Brandauer (Out of Africa, White Fang), Hendrik Hoefgen is a man haunted by insecurity. At the core of his being is shame. From the age of twelve, he tells his wife, he’s always felt ashamed. So he always wears a mask, because he dare not expose his true identity to anyone, for fear of rejection. To hide himself and to medicate his feelings, he adopts a strategy that is all too common: he overcompensates. He buries himself in his work, identifies himself with his work, and becomes an empty creature playing to the crowds, a social chameleon who’s a nobody adroitly playing a role. He constantly works on and perfects his social image, alert to the smallest hint of disapprobation in anyone. In this endeavor, his practiced talent of self deception aids him: He says to himself, after he’s sold out to the Nazis, that he’s satisfied with his success, because it means that many people love him. He’s the perfect actor, even for himself. He’s a public persona, nothing more. In the flower of his fame, he’s a hollow shell. Mephisto is the most brilliantly produced drama on this subject I’ve ever seen. It’s absolutely enthralling. I highly recommend it as one of the best films ever made, by anyone.
Klaus Maria Brandauer is magnificent
Klaus Maria Brandauer, the celebrated German stage actor, is not really a big fan of cinema. Largely unknown to cinematic audiences, he made a big splash with his debut Mephisto.
Mephisto is the ancient legend of the man who sells his soul to the devil in return for worldly gains – as told by Faust. Klaus plays a Hamburg stage actor famous for his portrayal of Mephisto on stage. Flirting with socialism, he embraces the leadership of the Nazi party in order to move to Berlin and rise in the theatre hierarchy. He does rise and continues to ingratiate himself with the Nazi Generals and Prime Minister and rises to the very top where his full oratorical abilities can be displayed. He also shows a complete lack of self respect or conviction for anything but his personal worldly success and power – which he does use on occasion to save less favoured colleagues.
Klaus has given a remarkable performance in this film – all physicality. Throughout much of the movie he is poker faced and relies on his hands and his body to express himself fully. Its a very unique, one-of-a-kind performance that makes this film so watchable. The narrative itself is chopped and may sub-plots are introduced then cut short.
Original Language de
Runtime 2 hr 24 min (144 min), 2 hr 6 min (126 min) (Spain)
Director István Szabó
Writer Péter Dobai (screenplay), István Szabó (screenplay), Klaus Mann (novel)
Actors Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági, Rolf Hoppe
Country West Germany, Hungary, Austria
Awards Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 5 nominations.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Laboratory Magyar Filmlaboratórium Vallalat, Budapest, Hungary
Film Length 3,944 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm