Directed by István Szabó • 1981 • West Germany, Hungary
Starring Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági
The first Hungarian film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is a haunting update of the Faust legend set in Nazi Germany. Hendrik Hoefgen (Klaus Maria Brandauer, in an astonishing performance) is a passionate but struggling actor who, despite his political ambivalence, remains in Germany during the rise of the Nazi regime. When he accepts a Nazi official’s offer to make him a star, Hoefgen receives the success and adulation he has long sought—but at what price?