Mephisto

István Szabó

Hungary, 1981

ACTIVITIES

GENERAL DISCUSSION

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 supersedes his own existence until he finds that his best performance is keeping up appearances for his Nazi patrons.

FILM EXTRACTS

00:35:20 - 00:39:25
01:13:00 - 01:15:00

ACTIVITY 1

  • What is the film about?
  • Who are the main characters?
  • How are the characters depicted?
  • Which are the film’s main themes, and how are they outlined?
  • What do you know about Fascism?
  • Based on the film, how was the life in Germany in the 1930s?
  • Describe the personality of the main character.
  • Please explain the carrier of the main character.What is the film about?

ACTIVITY 2

WRITE A FEW STATEMENT

Write a few statement about the ideology of fascism and nazism. Why are they very dangerous and harmful?

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ACTIVITY 3

WRITE A THEATRICAL DIALOGUE

Write a short theatrical dialogue about friendship and betrayal.

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