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TitleHanussen (1988)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityMental
CountryHungary-Germany
Length120
GenreWar
Rating4
DirectorIstvan Szabo
CastKlaus Maria Brandauer Erland Josephson Ildiko Bansagi Walter Schmidinger Karoly Eperjes
NotesDuring WWI an Austrian soldier is shot in the head. From this he discovers he can read minds and foretell the future. Now this is supposed to be a biography, i.e. a true story, which is an absurd notion. The only person who could see into the future was Cassandra, she was granted the gift by Apollo who was in love with her but when she didn't love him in return he changed the gift so that nobody would believe her. That said this is a really interesting film in which Hanussen's prophecies are interwoven with and even affect political events. The overall impression is of Hanussen's power as an allegory or metaphor though the film is never as simple as that. At one point an officer looking at the soldiers around him remarks "There are too many cripples."

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