Great international name of Hungarian film since 1960s. Szabo’s first three films The Age of Illusions, Father and Love Film are often seen as an autobiographical trilogy. In his 1970s films Szabo made several films like 25 Fireman’s Street , Budapest Tale and Confidence which won him Silver Bear in the Berlin Film Festival of that year and Academy Award Nomination in the United States. Szabo made his great international breakthrough with his masterpiece Mephisto (1981) for which he garnered Cannes Film Festival Prix and Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. In 1985 he was credited with Cannes Film Festival Prix and Academy Award Nomination for Colonel Redl. Three years later came out his next film Hanussen, another Academy Award Nomination. In 1991 he directed Sweet Emma, Dear Bobe, winner of Silver Bear of Berlin Film Festival and Best European Screenplay.
Seguramente, la peor pelicula en la carrera de un cineasta tan notable como el director hungaro Istvan Szabo. Larga como la cuaresma, academica y pretenciosa, esta cinta no se salva ni por la presencia titular de un buen actor como Ralph Fiennes, ni la de un notable reparto secundario y ni siquiera por los ostentosos valores de producción. Es dificil de creer que el director sea el mismo de Coronel Redl ó Dulce Emma.