It became the first Hungarian film to win the award for Best Foreign Language Film, at the 54th Academy Awards. Mephisto was distributed by Analysis Film Releasing Corp. It marks the only picture to win an Academy Award in the catalog of films released by Analysis.
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.
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