DirectorIstvan Szabo Film seriesGerman trilogy LanguageHungarian
WriterPeter Dobai, Istvan Szabo Release date6 October 1988 Initial releaseOctober 13, 1988 (West Germany) Music directorGyorgy Vukan, Zdenko Tamassy CastKlaus Maria Brandauer (Klaus Schneider / Eric Jan Hanussen), Erland Josephson (Dr. Bettelheim), Ildikó Bánsági (Sister Betty) Similar moviesFury, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Book Thief, The Monuments Men, Barbarossa: Hitler Turns East, They Came to Blow Up America
Hanussen is a 1988 Hungarian film about Erik Jan Hanussen by István Szabó. It was nominated for the 1988 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The German language film starred Klaus Maria Brandauer. The film was entered into the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.
Austrian Klaus Schneider, who later comes to be known as Erik Jan Hanussen is wounded during World War I. While recovering in the care of Dr. Emil Bettelheim (Erland Josephson), the Doctor discovers that Schneider possesses empathic powers. After the war, with one friend as his manager and another as his lover, Schneider changes his name and goes to Berlin to perform in halls and theaters as a hypnotist and mind reader. His purported powers bring him to the attention of the Nazis which cause his fame and power – as well as his own troubles – to grow.
Klaus Maria Brandauer – Klaus Schneider / Erik Jan Hanussen