A man swings a fully nude woman around.
A woman’s breasts are seen twice.
Two scenes of implied sex.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


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Hendrik h ö fgen, a male pig’s foot, was a German actor in the Nazi period. He was loved by the Nazi chief minister for playing the devil Mephisto in Goethe’s Faust. From then on, he pursued fame and wealth all the way. I can only say that the man who plays h ö fgen is really good, especially the kind of weak flattery is natural.

On the stage, H ö fgen enchanted the role of Mephisto, an incarnation of divine evil, violent and reckless. Off the stage, he was seen through when he first met the head of the Nazi minister. In reality, as himself, his eyes were soft and his handshake was weak. A kind of contradiction, which shows spirit and strength on the stage, but is weak in reality. In that scene, H ö fgen wore the full dress of Mephisto, so we saw a devil Mephisto who nodded, bowed, flattered and laughed at the Nazi minister.

Since then, it seems that the Nazi minister has never called H ö fgen by his name, and has always called him Mephisto, “my dear Mephisto”. Who the hell is Mephisto.

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In Goethe’s Faust, Mephisto, as a devil, said he was evil rather than evil. He was not subject to any moral constraints, but he was not hated. Sometimes he said vulgar and obscene words, but his words were rough and unreasonable, which was the most true and transparent truth. He represents all forms, all rights, material flashiness, sensory enjoyment, all negation. Don’t talk about philosophical world outlook, social criticism, human nature, thinking about the long life of heaven and earth, hurting spring and autumn, and asking what the world’s feelings are. They are useless theories. If he has a principle, that is, there is wine today, drunk today, and girls sleep tonight.

Don’t say that Mephisto tried his best to lure Faust to fall. Faust thought about the big universe and the small universe in metaphysics and found that he wanted to commit suicide. He walked out of his study with the devil and gambled with his soul. That was his own choice. Mephisto is a devil, but he is not the Satan. It seems that he is just a clown with universal magic created by God. He has a sheep leg and a bad smile to lure human beings to make mistakes.

Everyone has a Mephisto in his heart. The only difference is that he lives on the third floor of the atrium, when he will haunt and who will lead who. In fact, there is only one person along the way, who is tangled with himself. In Faust, God said: a good man will realize the right way even in his dark impulse. (Der Herr: Ein guter mensch in seinem dunkeln drange | ist Sich des Rechten weges Wohl bewu ß T.) when Faust finally breathed out the sentence “stay for a moment, you are so beautiful!” Deliver his life to Mephisto. Did he go to hell with the devil? Of course not. He went to heaven anyway. Mephisto has long said: what are you – what are you after all.

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Back to that question, who is Mephisto in this film? In fact, there is no need to delve into it here. Anyone can be Mephisto, and anyone can walk with Mephisto, depending on who is dominant at this time.

When the Nazis came to power, everyone’s position was actually clear. While everyone was in a hurry to flee, H ö fgen returned to Germany from abroad alone. He felt that he was just an actor. He rehearsed carefully, memorized his lines, finished acting on stage, went home to sleep, and was full of love for the performing arts. That was all. He felt that he had nothing to do with everything that happened in politics.

But when he returned to Germany and offered to play Mephisto, he was already with the devil. He felt that he had no other choice. As a German actor, he could not leave. He needed his mother tongue, the stage and the audience to understand him. It seems that this is a helpless choice for the pursuit of art, but he had the opportunity to make other choices than anyone else at that time. Finally, he chose to play Mephisto and follow the devil.

The Nazi is the devil. When h ö fgen first saw the head of the Nazi minister, he was weak, flattering and servile as mentioned above. He did not walk with the devil. He did not call Mephisto as a servant like Faust, but knelt down at the feet of the devil and begged all the way.

Looking back, whether before or after the Nazis, H ö fgen always kept using women and taking refuge in power status. With some of his talents and enthusiasm, he flattered all the way up, but he often made a gesture of no choice and said that he was “just a small actor”. On the one hand, he betrayed his peers to protect himself, on the other hand, he ignored himself and used the preference of Nazi ministers to protect his lovers, friends and subordinates. Therefore, his nature is not bad, but in a contradiction and unity. When he pleaded with the Nazis for his friend for the last time, the minister spewed out the sentence “get out, you actor!” Completely let h ö fgen achieve harmony and unity. His evaluation of himself is correct, and the devil thinks so. From the beginning to the end, he is just a small actor and a actor.

Around, back to Mephisto’s words, “what are you – what will be. And put on a wig made of countless curls, a yard high boots and socks, what are you – what will be after all.” (Du bist am Ende – was du bist. Setz‘ dir Perücken auf von Millionen Locken, Setz‘ deinen Fuß auf ellenhohe Socken, Du bleibst doch immer was du bist.)

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Digression. According to h ö fgen, he is a German actor. He needs a stage that can speak his mother tongue. The Nazi minister was a man who knew his performing arts, so he wanted to stay with those who knew him. This is why when his wife and friends fled Germany one after another, he kept laughing and selling like walking on thin ice. I don’t know if other artists and masters who stayed in the Third Empire would have the same idea. Nazi leaders are very artistic, objectively speaking, no one can deny it. It doesn’t matter whether those masters compromise for the sake of art, as long as they are people who understand their art, angels or demons. I haven’t studied this. I don’t know.

Not to mention the master, just the ordinary Germans before and after the third empire. Whether they bake bread or build airplanes, do they have a choice? Yes, they chose the Nazis themselves. Of course, when Mephisto entered Faust’s house, he first pretended to be a curly dog. When Mephisto became Mephisto, Faust went with him with his soul. But what he is, after all, what he is.

God says that as long as you work hard in life, mistakes are inevitable. (Der Herr: Es irrt der Mensch so lang‘ er strebt.) ‘if you don’t go the wrong way, you won’t understand,’ Mr. Mephisto said. (Wenn du nicht irrst, kommst du nicht zu Verstand.) God and Mephisto seem to agree. Can Germans comfort themselves in this way? They just make mistakes and go with the devil for a while, but what they are, after all, is what they are, and who hasn’t been the devil. The arrogant and tenacious Germanic people supported Hitler, fought and defeated them. It was them who turned the ruins back into a powerful country after the post-war reconstruction. What are they. Today I see a saying that is very good. Germany is a wonderful country. She either examines the world or tortures the world. Germany is a tough problem that the world cannot avoid.

The digression ends.

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The film is adapted from German writer Thomas Klaus, son of Thomas Mann Klaus Mann’s novel of the same name.

When Hitler came to power in 1933, Klaus Mann began to exile as an anti Nazi writer, first to Amsterdam. It was written in 1936. After it was published, everyone knew that it was a novel with the scientific name of “suggestive novel” and the popular saying of “eight trigrams novel”, which alluded to the German actor Gustaf gr ü ndgens who worked for the Nazis in those days. Before everyone said anything, Klaus Mann was in a hurry and first published a “necessary statement” in the newspaper entitled “not suggestive novel”. OK, I know everything I didn’t know before. In German, there is no silver here. What do you say?

At first, the editor assigned a task to Klaus Mann to write a novel. Klaus Mann originally wanted to write Europe 200 years later (crossing text? Science fiction text), Later, one of his friends put forward a pit father’s suggestion, asking him to process Gustaf gr ü ndgens art and write it as a homosexual, pursuing fame and wealth in the third empire, which is both critical of society and ironic. How good.

Klaus Mann thought it was a good idea, but he silently removed the homosexuality. After all, he alluded to his former brother-in-law. Yes, how can the unlucky Gustaf gr ü ndgens be seen only by so many popular people – Erika Mann, Klaus Mann’s sister, had a short marriage with Gustaf gr ü ndgens and divorced in 1929.

Thomas Mann, the Nobel Laureate in literature, and Klaus Mann and Erika Mann, the other sons and daughters, are full of passion. They make all kinds of homosexual, heterosexual and bisexual lively and colorful, which is not fuel-efficient.

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Finally, sort out the fragments of Faust in the film. In fact, each paragraph is chosen with a different meaning. The short dialogue actually omits a lot of the original text. There are no movie subtitles copied here, but the translated version of Lvyuan. Reading around is still a scratch. Faust is really untranslatable.

[fragment 1] Faust’s tragedy Part 1: Study (2) dialogue between Faust and Mephisto after gambling

(the film is a formal performance on the stage)

Mephisto: blood is a very rare liquid.

Faust: let the burning lust be washed away from the depths of our senses.

Mephisto: I haven’t set any goals and measures for you. You can do whatever you want everywhere. You might as well take it with you when you run away. No matter what you like, you can get it. Just do it, don’t be shy!

Faust: listen, the problem is not having fun. What I am willing to devote myself to is the ecstatic realm, the most painful enjoyment, the infatuated hatred, and the refreshing boredom.

Mephisto: Oh, I’ve chewed this coarse grain for thousands of years. Please believe me, no one can digest this old flour from cradle to coffin! Please believe in one of us: this whole is only for God! He lives in the eternal light, but he throws us into darkness and only allows you to enjoy day and night.

Faust: but I will!

Mephisto: that’s beautiful! I’m just worried about one thing: time is limited and skills are endless. I advise you, why not ask someone for advice. It’s best to make friends with a poet, let this gentleman gallop his imagination and pile all noble qualities on your glorious head: such as the courage of lions, the speed of male deer, the blood of Italians and the durability of Nordic people. Let him find the trick for you, combine generosity and cunning, and look for flowers and willows according to the plan with a warm youthful impulse. Such a gentleman, I would like to know Jing: I intend to call him “Mr. universe”.

Faust: if you can’t get the human crown you pursue wholeheartedly, what’s holding?

Mephisto: what are you – what will be. And put on wigs made of countless curls, and put on one yard high boots and socks. What are you – after all, what are you.

[fragment 2] Faust’s tragedy Part 1: Study (2) merfest pretends to be Faust and talks with a student

(in the movie, it’s an off stage rehearsal)

Student: when I first arrived in your place, I sincerely came to visit my husband; When people mentioned Mr. Zhang’s name, they all stood in awe.

Mephisto: I’m honored by your courtesy! I’m just an ordinary person. Have you ever touched the door somewhere else?

Student: I ask you to accept me as a student! I came with courage. I had enough money and was younger. My mother didn’t want me to leave my hometown, but I wanted to have a long experience and knowledge outside.

Mephisto: you’ve found the right place.

Student: to be honest, I want to leave here again: in these high walls and in these halls, there is simply no way to make me comfortable. This is a very cramped space. I can’t see the green clothes or trees. In class and on the bench, I can’t hear, see or think of anything.

Mephisto: it depends on habit. For example, a baby may not be happy to receive breast milk at first, but soon sucks happily. It seems that you will increasingly love the lotion of wisdom.

Student: I’d like to put my arms around her neck; But tell me, how can I get there?

Mayfest: before you talk more, please tell me which subject you take!

(the actor looks at the camera and says that the following play has been deleted, and then goes on to the next rehearsal)

Mephisto: (loudly) the essence of medicine is not difficult to understand: you have to study the world thoroughly, but in the end you have to obey God’s arrangement. You wander around in vain, and everyone can only learn a little that he can learn; Only those who can seize the opportunity are a hero. Your body is quite strong and will not lack courage. As long as you believe in yourself, others will believe you. Especially learn to control women! Although there are hundreds of ways for them to sigh, they only need to apply the right medicine to the case from one point and casually pretend to be dignified. You will soon turn them around. First, you must have a title to convince them that your medical skills are better than many people; Then, as a gift, you can explore all the soft things you carry with you. It takes years for others to coax and cheat. If you want to know how to press the pulse well, you have to hold their slender waist with hot eyes and see if they fasten the tight son.

Student: that’s very clear! I do know where to start and how to start.

Mephisto: dear friends, all theories are gray, and the golden tree of life is evergreen.

[episode 3] Faust’s tragedy Part 1: Study (1) Mephisto changes from a curly dog to a scholar and talks with Faust

(the film is an official performance, with the Nazi minister present)

Mayfest: I salute the learned master! You’ve made me sweat.

Faust: what’s your name?

Mephisto: for a person who despises “speech” so much, who keeps away from all appearances and blindly discusses the profound essence, I think this problem is really insignificant.

Faust: as for you gentlemen, you usually get the essence from the name. Since people call you “fly God”, “degenerate” and “liar”, don’t they make the problem clear? Well, who the hell are you?

Mephisto: it’s part of the power that always wants to do evil but always wants to do good.

Faust: what does this riddle mean?

Mephisto: I will never deny it

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