Friday, 11 December 2015: Mephisto

Friday, 11 December 2015, 20:00

Venue: (see Locations and Tickets for further details)

Programme category: Forest Row Film Society

Director: Istvan Szabo, West Germany / Hungary / Austria 1981, 138 mins, 15

"Klaus Maria Brandauer’s performance is so multi-layered, it captures that essence of the actor’s psyche, which is invention and role playing." Eye for Film

Based on Klaus Mann's novel, Mephisto tells the tragic story of the rise and fall of a Faustian character, the provincial actor Hendrik Hoefgen, who sells his soul to the Nazi regime in exchange for greatness and personal success. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

"The film is brilliant and enthralling, a whirlwind of color and motion that suggests its protagonist's rapid success and self-absorption." Filmreference

Further reading

  1. Filmreference
  2. Eye For Film
  3. Roger Ebert
  4. Guardian