Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (1988)

Drama, History
Hungary / Hungarian / 140 mins
IMDb 7.3

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Klaus Maria Brandauer Klaus Schneider / Eric Jan Hanussen
Erland Josephson Dr. Bettelheim
Ildikó Bánsági Sister Betty
Walter Schmidinger Propaganda chief
Károly Eperjes Captain Tibor Nowotny
Grazyna Szapolowska Valery de la Meer
Colette Pilz-Warren Dagma
Adrianna Biedrzynska Wally
Gyorgy Cserhalmi Count Trantow-Waldbach
Michal Bajor


István Szabó
Writer Péter Dobai, Erik Jan Hanussen
Producer Artur Brauner, Judit Sugár


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?


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