Streaming Spotlight: Three Films by István Szabó

Now available for streaming, three award-winning, recently restored films by Hungarian master István Szabó: Confidence, Mephisto, and Colonel Redl, parables of life under political oppression and individual morality in the face of momentous events.

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  • Confidence

  • Mephisto

  • Colonel Redl

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  • Colonel Redl

    István Szabó
    Hungary, West Germany, Austria, 1985

    Digital Restoration
    Closing August 2

    A man of modest background ascends into the ultimate echelons of state power while hiding his Jewish roots and homosexuality in this ornately photographed, surprisingly sensual vision of the opulence and rot of the pre–World War I Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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  • Confidence

    István Szabó
    Hungary, 1980

    Digital Restoration
    Closing August 2

    Two strangers hiding from Nazi forces in Budapest must pretend to be married in Szabó’s taut chamber piece, riven with both political and sexual tension. “A perfect example of an intensely subjective cinema. . . . Romantic, erotic, and disturbing” (Dave Kehr).

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  • Mephisto

    István Szabó
    Hungary, West Germany, Austria, 1981

    Digital Restoration
    Closing August 2

    A struggling provincial actor finds his star swiftly rising once he latches it to the Nazi machine in Szabó’s powerful statement on fascism and those who remain indifferent to it. Klaus Maria Brandauer gives “a performance of electrifying power” (Roger Ebert).

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