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Mephisto (1981)
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Mephisto
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, Hungary, Austria
Duration: 144 min.
Story: 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.
Style: tense, serious, bleak, disturbing, realistic, dramatic, biting, harsh, cerebral, talky ...
Plot: politics, nazi, german, downfall, nazis, morality, fascism, rise and fall, jews, betrayal, infidelity, brutality, greed, political unrest, crime gone awry, devil, ambition, corruption, showbiz, character study, drinking, mentor, life philosophy, political, obsession ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, hamburg germany, paris france
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The Ten Commandments
Drama
Poland, West Germany
572 min.
 9.1
Scenes from a Marriage
Drama
Sweden
283 min.
 8.5
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