Doctor Faustus (1968)
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Richard Burton co-directed (along with Nevill Coghill) this labor of love that records a performance given by Burton at Oxford University in 1966 of Christopher Marlowe's 400-year-old verse play. Burton plays Faust, a medieval doctor who sells his soul to Mephistopheles (Andreas Teuber) in exchange for mastering all human knowledge. The Devil tempts Faust at every turn by confronting him with the seven deadly sins and Helen of Troy (Elizabeth Taylor), who appears throughout the film in various
Feb 6, 1968 Wide
Mar 2, 2004
Sony Pictures Entertainment
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Lots of grads bring their wives back to the old school and ham it up for home movies -- but this is ridiculous.
The impersonation of the seven deadly sins is hardly likely to send good men off the rail.
Weighed down with tedium and old-fashioned dialogue (using the verse's 'Old English' language) that worked on the written page but is misplaced on the screen.
The overall effect is like a cross between a garishly colored Hammer horror film and a textbook example of '60s hallucinogenic trendiness.
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