Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Dir: Istvan Szabo, Hungary, 1981 (8.8*)
Best Foreign Film (AA)

This disturbing film about an actor in Nazi Germany put Klaus Maria Brandauer on the map, with a great performance as a man who "sells his soul" in order to remain an actor, basically by doing plays that the Nazi establishment choose for him to perform in Berlin, the most popular being Mephisto in Faust’s play. The ultimate statement concerns whether one remains true to his career or true to his heart. The novel my Thomas Mann's son Klaus, is based on the life story of his brother-in-law, an actor in Berlin. You may be also interested in Szabo's other film that covers this period in history, Sunshine, a multi-generational history of a Jewish family in Austria. Oscar® for foreign language film.

Quote: I’m just an actor, what do you want from me? (Brandauer)


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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