Doctor Faustus


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 stages of undress as Doctor Faustus stands firm. The production was filmed in Rome, with the majority of the cast Oxford University amateur actors.

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Richard Burton
as Doctor Faustus
Elizabeth Taylor
as Helen of Troy
Andreas Teuber
as Mephistopheles
Ian Marter
as Emperor
Jeremy Eccles
as Beelzebub
Ram Chopra
as Valdes
Richard Durden
as Evil Knight/Knight
Jeremy Chandler
as Attendant at Emperor's Court
Angus McIntosh
as Rector Magnificus
Ambrose Coghill
as Professor/Avarice
Anthony Kaufman
as Professor/Envy
Julian Wontner
as Professor
Nevill Coghill
as Professor
Michael Menaugh
as Good Angel/Bishop
John Sandbach
as Boy-Turned-into-Hind
Nicholas Loukes
as Pride/Cardinal
Valerie James
as Idleness
Susan Watson
as Gluttony
Jane Wilford
as Nun/Court Lady
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Critic Reviews for Doctor Faustus

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Lots of grads bring their wives back to the old school and ham it up for home movies -- but this is ridiculous.

Mar 23, 2011 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
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The impersonation of the seven deadly sins is hardly likely to send good men off the rail.

Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Of an awfulness that bends the mind.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

If it wasn't so dull it would camp but it doesn't even achieve that.

Feb 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

The mixture of posed speeches, arty apparitions and some willfully unfocused camerawork, suggests some kind of timeslip, as though the film had been deep-frozen twenty years ago.

Apr 11, 2016 | Full Review…

This is extremely unskilled cinema from a talented stage actor.

Mar 23, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Doctor Faustus

The poetry is great and is well read by Burton and the cast. The movie isn't that good, but it's the only version of this play on film that I'm aware of, so for that alone it's worth seeing.

Morris Nelms
Morris Nelms

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