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Hanussen

Hanussen
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Original title
Hanussen
Year
1988
Running Time
117 min.
Country
 Hungary
Director
István Szabó
Screenwriter
István Szabó & Péter Dobai
Music
György Vukán
Cinematography
Lajos Koltai
Cast
Klaus Maria Brandauer, Erland Josephson, Ildikó Bánsági, Walter Schmidinger, Károly Eperjes, Grazyna Szapolowska
Production Co.
Co-production Hungary-Germany; Central Cinema Company Film (CCC)
Genre
Drama
Synopsis / Plot
A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of empathy and of clairvoyance, such that could aid suicidal patients. After the war, with one friend as his manager and another as his lover, Schneider changes his name to Eric Jan Hanussen and goes to Berlin, as a hypnotist and clairvoyant performing in halls and theaters. He always speaks the truth, which brings him to the attention of powerful Nazis. He predicts their rise (good propaganda for them) and their violence (not so good). He's in pain and at risk. What is Hanussen's future?
Awards
1988: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1988: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
1988: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
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