Mephisto

The 1981 Academy Award-winning (Best Foreign Language Film) Mephisto concerns a passionate, but struggling actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) who remains in Germany during th... Read more

Mephisto

Directed by Istvan Szabo

Year: 1981
Running Time: 146
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Country: Hungary
Language: German, Hungarian
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Mephisto

Cast
Klaus Maria Brandauer
Krystyna Janda
Ildikó Bánsági
Rolf Hoppe
Peter Andorai

Crew
Directed by Istvan Szabo


Following theater closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we'll be giving Mephisto a virtual theatrical release and sharing revenue with independent theaters across the country. Scroll down to find a theater near you to support in these uncertain times.
 
The 1981 Academy Award-winning (Best Foreign Language Film) Mephisto concerns a passionate, but struggling actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) who remains in Germany during the Nazi regime and reaps the rewards of this Faustian pact by finally achieving the stardom he has long craved. 

Reviews

"There has been precious little incisive appraisal of the precise seductive allure of fascism, and certainly none to match that offered by Szabó's remarkable film."
- Paul Taylor, Time Out (London)
    
"This film is a work of art. The film transmits its messages so forcefully that no one can remain unaffected."
- Ingmar Bergman
 
"One of the greatest movie performances I've ever seen. A performance of electrifying power."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
 
"Magnificent and distinguished. It's more than a mercy, it's a coup."
- David Thomson
 
"Few have dared what Brandauer accomplishes: showing us a good actor responding to the same neurotic drive for the center of the stage, the immortalizing role. His is a great performance, nothing less."
- Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine 
 
"Mephisto is brilliant metaphorical filmmaking."
- Bruce McCabe, Boston Globe
 
"Possesses an inner momentum and the film as a whole, with its dynamic leading performance, has an energy reminiscent of the films of Andrzej Wajda." 
- David Shipman  
 
"A chillingly real experience."
- Joshua A. Guttman, The Knockturnal
 
"Mephisto excels at depicting the boiling-frog manner in which complacency allows extremism to take hold."
- Jake Cole, Spectrum Culture
 
"Director István Szabó navigates a swooning historical landscape that threatens to consume his central figure, who turns in one of the great screen performances of all time. Brandauer embodies the tortured artist through a wildly vivid range that careens from hammy, operatic full-body gestures to the most subtle changes of expression at eyeball-level."
- Pat Padua, Washington City Paper

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Strand Theater - PA Zelienople 1591329600Starts June 5
Oxnard Film Society Oxnard 1590120000Starts May 22
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Berkeley 1589947200Starts May 20
Ryder Film Series Bloomington 1589515200Starts May 15
The Civic Theatre Nelson 1588910400Starts May 8
Savoy Theatre Montpelier 1588910400Starts May 8
Parkway Theatre - MN Minneapolis 1588737600Starts May 6
Nelson Atkins Museum (Tivoli) Kansas City 1588305600Starts May 1
Roxy Theater Missoula Missoula 1588305600Starts May 1
Senator Theatre Baltimore 1588132800Starts April 29
Coral Gables Art Cinema Coral Gables 1587700800Starts April 24
New Plaza Cinema New York 1587700800Starts April 24
Broadway Metro Eugene 1587700800Starts April 24
Alexander Valley Film Society Cloverdale 1587355200Starts April 20
FilmBar Phoenix 1587096000Starts April 17
The Pageant Theater Chico 1587096000Starts April 17
Lark Theater Larkspur 1587096000Starts April 17
Fort Lauderdale Film Festival Fort Lauderdale 1587096000Starts April 17
Plaza Theatre Atlanta 1587096000Starts April 17
Violet Crown - Santa Fe Santa Fe 1587096000Starts April 17
BAM Rose Cinemas Brooklyn 1587096000Starts April 17
Upstate Films Woodstock Woodstock 1587096000Starts April 17
Clinton Street Theater Portland 1587096000Starts April 17
Violet Crown Cinema Austin 1587096000Starts April 17
Violet Crown - Charlottesville Charlottesville 1587096000Starts April 17
Cinematheque - Vancouver Vancouver 1587009600Starts April 16
Central Cinema Knoxville Knoxville 1586923200Starts April 15
Varsity Theatre - Davis Davis 1586491200Starts April 10
Laemmle Royal Theatre Los Angeles 1586491200Starts April 10
Frida Cinema Santa Ana 1586491200Starts April 10
Bow Tie Cinemas Movieland 7 virtual screening room Basalt 1586491200Starts April 10
Bow Tie Cinemas Criterion At Greenwich Plaza virtual screening room Greenwich 1586491200Starts April 10
Bow Tie Cinemas New Canaan Playhouse virtual screening room New Canaan 1586491200Starts April 10
Bow Tie Cinemas Criterion New Haven virtual screening room New Haven 1586491200Starts April 10
Bow Tie Cinemas Ultimate Royale 6 virtual screening room Norwalk 1586491200Starts April 10
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Bow Tie Cinemas Ultimate Regent 8 virtual screening room South Norwalk 1586491200Starts April 10
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Lefont Sandy Springs Atlanta 1586491200Starts April 10
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Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1586491200Starts April 10
Bow Tie Cinemas Bronxville virtual screening room Bronxville 1586491200Starts April 10
North Park - Buffalo Buffalo 1586491200Starts April 10
Film Forum New York 1586491200Starts April 10
Rosendale Theatre Rosendale 1586491200Starts April 10
Bow Tie Cinemas Criterion 11 & BTX virtual screening room Saratoga Springs 1586491200Starts April 10
Bow Tie Cinemas Movieland 6 virtual screening room Schenectady 1586491200Starts April 10
Bow Tie Cinema 100 virtual screening room White Plains 1586491200Starts April 10
Bow Tie Cinemas Wilton Mall Cinemas virtual screening room Wilton 1586491200Starts April 10
Bow Tie Cinemas Wilton Mall Cinemas virtual screening room Wilton 1586491200Starts April 10
Circle Cinema Tulsa 1586491200Starts April 10
Midtown Cinema Harrisburg 1586491200Starts April 10
Cinema du Parc Montreal 1586491200Starts April 10
Cinema Arts Theatres Fairfax 1586491200Starts April 10
Bow Tie Cinemas Reston Town Center 11 virtual screening room Reston 1586491200Starts April 10
Bow Tie Cinemas Criterion At Movieland virtual screening room Richmond 1586491200Starts April 10
Liberty Theatre Camas 1586491200Starts April 10
Orca's Island Film Festival Eastsound 1586491200Starts April 10
SIFF Cinema Seattle 1586491200Starts April 10
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1585886400April 3 - April 9, 2020
Alamo Drafthouse Winchester Winchester 1585886400Begins 4/03!
JxJ Theater Washington 1585281600March 27 - April 17, 2020
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 15829524002/29, 3/1
American Cinematheque - Egyptian Theatre Los Angeles 1579842000January 24, 2020
Film Forum New York 1578546000January 9 - January 21, 2020


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