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A Masterpiece -The London Times


In early 1930's Germany, ambitious stage actor Hendrik Hofgen (an extraordinary performance by Klaus Maria Brandauer) cares little for politics and lives only for his art. But when the Nazis begin their rise to power, he seizes the opportunity to perform propaganda plays for the Reich and soon becomes Germany's most popular actor. Consumed with fame, Hendrik must now survive in a world where the ideology of evil is the ultimate drama and the true cost of a man's soul becomes the most shattering measure of all. Brandauer is magnificent in this role.


Written and directed by Istvan Szabo (Colonel Redl, Sunshine) and based on the novel by Klaus Mann, the Oscar winning Mephisto (Best Foreign Film 1982) marked the first of three remarkable collaborations between Szabo and Brandauer and remains one of the most powerful foreign films of our time.

Cast & Crew


Klaus Maria Bandauer

Rolf Hoppe

Krystyna Janda

Karin Boyd

Christine Harbort

Gyorgy Cserhalmi

Peter Andorai

Ildiko Bansagi

Christian Grashof

Martin Hellberg

Ildiko Kishonti

Tamas Major


Istvan Szabo



Istvan Szabo

Product Information

Features: * Available with 8.5 Gig Dual Layer Upgrade *

The Naked Face: Conversations with Director Istvan Szabo and Star Klaus Maria Brandauer

Talent Bios

Video: Widescreen 1.77:1 Color (Anamorphic)

Audio: GERMAN: Dolby Digital Mono




Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay

Production Year: 1983

Release Date: 6/26/2001


Length: 144 mins

Rating: NR

Chapters: 26


Mephisto DVD 1981 Klaus Maria Bandauer R1 NTSC

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