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8 Ratings

Confessions of Felix Krull

Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull

Directed by Kurt Hoffmann
West Germany, 1957
Comedy, Drama


The adaptation of Thomas Mann’s eponymous, unfinished novel tells the fantastic story of charming rogue Felix Krull.

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Confessions of Felix Krull Directed by Kurt Hoffmann

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1958 | Winner: Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film

German Film Awards

1957 | Winner: Outstanding Feature Film (Gold)

1957 | 2 nominations including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Silver)

What are people saying?

  • IA's rating of the film Confessions of Felix Krull

    A teutonic soufflé that improves on Thomas Mann's story of a charming young conman. Horst Buchholz, in the star-making titular role, makes it easy to understand how Felix can charm his victims into bed and out of jewelry. Director Kurt Hoffman (a subject for further research) directs with equivalent charm and lightness. The film's final third is funnier than Mann's and wraps up the original's loose ends.

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