Searing Indictment of Evil in Hitler's Germany
A searing indictment of evil in Hitler's Germany. Hendrik Hofgen is a man obsessed with becoming a famous actor. When the Nazis come to power in Germany, he willingly renounces his Communist past and deserts his wife and mistress in order to keep on performing. His diabolical performance as Mephistopheles in Faust proves to be the stepping-stone he yearned for: attracting the attention of Hermann Göring, it wins Hofgen an appointment as head of the State Theatre. The rewards - the respect of the public, a castle - like villa, a uplace in Berlin's highest circles - are beyond his wildest dreams. But the moral consequences of his betrayals begin to haunt him, turning his dreamworld into a nightmare.
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An actor in Nazi Germany struggles to maintain some semblance of integrity while his world seems to be falling apart. An indictment of those willing to sacrifice their humanity on the altar of fame. Read full review
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"Mephisto" by Klaus Mann tells the story of actor Hendrik Höfgen and his rise to fame in Nazi Germany. The story starts in 1926, showing Höfgen as a young actor at the Hamburg Artists' Theatre and ... Read full review