Mephisto
 
 

Directed by István Szabó, Hungary 1981
144 mins. Hungarian and German dialogue with English subtitles

WINNER : BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM AT 1982 OSCARS

 
Summary:
 
A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and friends flee or are ground under by the Nazi terror, the popularity of his character supercedes his own existence until he finds that his best performance is keeping up appearances for his Nazi patrons.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"The actor is played by Klaus Maria Brandauer in one of the greatest movie performances I have ever seen."  (Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times)