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István Szabó

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Biography

Budapest, Hungary
The one and only Oscar winner Hungarian director to date (2006). (Although a Hungarian-American director, Michael Curtiz [Mihaly Kertesz], also won an Oscar previously for directing Casablanca). He received the award for his 1981 movie Mephisto. In January 2006, it became public that he had been an agent of the III/III department, a former communist agency of interior intelligence. After the revolution in 1956, he was blackmailed and forced to cooperate, though later he was considered willingly cooperative. Allegedly, he wrote reports about fellow Hungarian directors, actors and actresses such as Miklós Jancsó, Mari Töröcsik, Károly Mécs. Read more...

Actor

Character: Theatre party attendant

Mephisto 1981

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Character: Himself - Presenter: Best Director

Nestroy - Der Wiener Theaterpreis 2013

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Character: Himself

Szakácskirály 2008

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Character: Elijah

Shem 2004

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Character: Passanger on Train

Taking Sides 2001

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Character: Himself - Nominee: Best Director

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001

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Character: Himself - Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

The 54th Annual Academy Awards 1982

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Character: Himself

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Directing

Writing