Dir. István Szabó, Hungary, 1981, 144 mins. Cert. 15
‘Extraordinary actor…compellingly brilliant film.’ The Guardian
In early 1930s Germany, ambitious actor Hendrik Hoefgen faces a choice between adapting to the new regime or professional outer darkness. Director István Szabó’s Oscar-winning character study charts Hoefgen’s gradual absorption into the Nazi propaganda machine, as he becomes its star actor. The heart of the film is Klaus Maria Brandauer’s tour de force portrayal of moral corruption and the terrible consequences of selling your soul in Hitler’s Germany. Can he survive in a world where the ideology of evil is the ultimate drama?
There will be a short introduction to the film by Dr Helen Finch, Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds.
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