Mephisto (1981)

Directed by: István Szabó

Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági

Language: German, Hungarian (2tracks) + Commentary (3rd track)  | Subtitles: English (embed)

Commentary by film historian Samm Deighan (2020)

Country: Germany | Imdb Info | Ar: 1.659 | Brrip

DescriptionIn early-1930s Germany, a passionate stage actor faces a dilemma: renounce his apolitical stance and comply with the Reich’s doctrine, or face oblivion. But, Faustian bargains never end well. What is the price of success?


2.94GB | 146:19mins | 1792×1080 | mkv



====bluray extra ====

The Central Europe of István Szabó” 2020 featurette

39MB | 3:11mins | 1280×720 | mkv | Hungarian | Sub: English

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6 Responses to Mephisto (1981)

  1. SeattleNerd says:

    Truly one of the all-time classics of post-WW2 German cinema. Klaus Maria Brandauer is brilliant! Also check him out in ‘Never Say Never Again’ (psycho bad guy) and ‘Hanussen’ (same director) and ‘Out Of Africa’. Thanks RL!

  2. sci-fi fan says:

    It’s the inclusion of audio commentary tracks and special features and your attention to updating your previous posts to the best copy of the movie available that makes your work here truly special. Thank you!

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  4. Muff Diver says:

    I just watched Mephisto last night, for the first time. This is the second film starring Klaus Maria Brandauer that I’ve watched and he’s an excellent performer (in my opinion).

    In this film, Hendrik has made his own devil’s pact and by films end, he’s trapped by his own device.

    What a gem of a film! Thank you RL, for Mephisto.

    • Mr Arkadin says:

      Completely agree – great take on the Faust story. I first saw this in the 80s and was blown away by KMB’s performance. Not an actor generally well known in Britain – most will probably recognise him only as the baddie in unofficial James Bond flick “Never Say Never Again”. If you haven’t watched Colonel Redl you can find it here on RL with a few of his other movies. And thank you RL – looking forward to the commentary!

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