February 6, 2020
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Academy Award®, Best Foreign Language Film 1981
Starring Klaus Maria Brandauer
(1981) “What do they want from me now? After all, I am just an actor.” So how did an up-and-coming thespian with a mixed-race mistress and left-wing sympathies make it to the top of Nazi Germany’s theatrical world? Klaus Maria Brandauer’s Hendrik Hoefgen overwhelmingly triumphs in the role of Mephistopheles, the demonic tempter in Goethe’s Faust. Adapted from Klaus (son of Nobel laureate Thomas) Mann’s 1936 novel, so transparently about his brother-in-law Gustaf Gründgens (the bowler-hatted criminal boss in Lang’s M and one of Germany’s greatest stage actors) that it couldn’t be published in Germany until 1971. Hungary’s first-ever Foreign Film Oscar winner, keyed by Brandauer’s riveting performance. DCP. Approx. 144 min.
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