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Faust (1926)

Faust (1926)

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In this German film, Emil Jannings glowers his way through the role of Mephistopholes, who offers the aging Faust an opportunity to relive his youth, the price being Faust's soul. Though highly stylized, the film is unsettlingly realistic at times, especially during the execution of the unfortunate Gretchen.

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Cast

Emil Jannings
as Mephisto
Camilla Horn
as Gretchen/Marguerite
Frieda Richard
as Gretchen/Marguerite's Mother
Yvette Guilbert
as Aunt Marthe
Eric Barcley
as Duke of Parma
Eric Barclay
as Duke of Parma
Hanna Ralph
as Duchess of Parma
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Critic Reviews for Faust

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

This extraordinary piece of artistry and craftsmanship integrates its dazzling special effects so seamlessly that they're indistinguishable from the film's narrative, poetry, and, above all, metaphysics.

September 25, 2007 | Full Review…

As atmospheric and menacing a work as the expressionist movement ever produced.

September 25, 2007 | Full Review…

Here is a picture which is as far removed from the ordinary movie as a Tintoretto painting.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…
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Murnau's version of the story of the man who sold his soul to the Devil (Jannings) in return for youth is visually extraordinary but dismally uneven in terms of its dramatic effect.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

I sometimes feel, in this age of expert CGI, that I am being shown too much -- that technique is pushing aside artistry and imagination. The world of Faust is never intended to define a physical universe, but is a landscape of nightmares.

January 20, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Still a classic example of eye-popping excess at a time when German filmmakers were among the most innovative in the world.

April 15, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Faust

½

Yes, this movie has cool special effects and a classic tale, but I didn't really enjoy it. The story is great and it could have been much more exciting than what Murnau did with it. I've seen many movies with this same story, so you kinda get bored with it after a while, I suppose.

Aj V
Aj V

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½

I didn't know, when I started watching these movies. That I would fall in love with so many silent pictures. When I started this I thought that silents were boring and dull and I really had no interest. I was way wrong, some of these silent movies are really gems. I know I have said this before but 1926's Faust has got to be one of the most well shot and put together silent films. This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. F.W. murnau is an amazing director and he is on a roll with me here. The special effects here are phenomenal and the acting is superb. I really see no problems with the movie at all, although it is not scary, but who cares! Faust is an old man and he sees some bad stuff going down in his town somewhere in olden times Germany. Whoa, back it up a bit... The Angel, Gabriel and The Devil, Mephistopheles make a bet that if The Devil can seduce Faust, a dude, he will inherit the earth. Well Faust (See above) is torn by seeing some really bad stuff go down, a big thing being Satan showering his town with the plague. He sells his soul to the devil at first to help the town, but, he is outed because he is found to be doing the devils work. So he decides to let Satan keep his soul as long as he can be young. The rest you will have to watch the movie for... Its wayyy worth it. Like I said above, this is one of the most beautiful and creative movies I have ever seen. Kino video restores the audio in this beautifully. You can watch this with both German and English subs as well, which is nice for my friends from the land of Beer. I was blown away with this film and I will have to give it a 9 out of 10. I wish i could see more of it! Go out and find this movie, its on YouTube, but you should probably just put it on your netflix queue and watch it the right way. Its really not that bad to sit down and watch it. Its only like 102 minuets, its a quick easy watch and its really entertaining. Satan is really pretty funny in this too. Watch for Satan copping a feel, i busted up laughing! S!D

Brandon Siddall
Brandon Siddall

Super Reviewer

½

For people who can still appreciate something made in the prior century (and those numbers are dwindling), Murnau's vision of "Faust" begins with what was at the time a revolutionary visual, and still today is a provacative and effective image. There are any many variations on Faust, and I like the plot details of this one the best. The Faust and Mephistopheles are well acted; I particularly like the facial expressions of this Faust.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

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