Doctor Faustus (1968)

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.
Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Horror
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Sony Pictures Entertainment


Richard Burton
as Doctor Faustus
Elizabeth Taylor
as Helen of Troy
Andreas Teuber
as Mephistopheles
Ian Marter
as Emperor
David McIntosh
as Lucifer
Jeremy Eccles
as Beelzebub
Ram Chopra
as Valdes
Richard Heffer
as Scholar
Hugh Williams
as Scholar
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
Richard Harrison
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
Bridget Coghill
as Gluttony
Susan Watson
as Gluttony
Sheila Dawson
as Dancer
Jane Wilford
as Nun/Court Lady
Ambrose Coghill
as Professor/Avarice
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Critic Reviews for Doctor Faustus

All Critics (9) | 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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The impersonation of the seven deadly sins is hardly likely to send good men off the rail.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

Of an awfulness that bends the mind.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 11, 2016
The Spectator

This is extremely unskilled cinema from a talented stage actor.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TV Guide

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.

Full Review… | November 12, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Doctor Faustus

Despite overly-cheesy effects, this movie tells the story of the book quite well. I enjoyed Burton's acting. It wasn't the most captivating of movies, but if you enjoy the book and enjoy Elizabethan drama, then you will like this movie.

Donny Murray
Donny Murray

This movie is a joke, but I love Burton in it, especially when he says, "Learn thou of Faustus manly fortitude, And scorn those joys thou never shalt possess."

Robert Underwood
Robert Underwood

This is a pretty good movie; Elizabeth Taylor looks beautiful in this film and is pretty good as an adaptation of Marlowe's Tragic Drama.


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