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It strays from the source, but whatever it might lack in fidelity, Aleksandr Sokurov's lengthy, ambitious Faust more than makes up in fresh energy and ideas.



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Employing elaborate camera movements, a dense soundscape, intricate production design and spectacular locations, FAUST conjures up a unique and phantasmagoric vision of the Faustian legend. Faust, played by Johannes Zeiler, is a man in search of the ideals of the Enlightenment but he becomes obsessed with the lovely Magarethe (Isolda Dychauk) and eventually sells his soul to the Devil (Anton Adasinsky) also known as the Moneylender, so that he may possess her. Comic, cosmic, painterly and stunningly beautiful scenes abound as the Devil takes Faust on a strange, unforgettable journey that ends in Hell itself. (c) Leisure Time Features


Johannes Zeiler
as Heinrich Faust
Anton Adasinsky
as Geldverleiher the Moneylender
Isolda Dychauk
as Margarete
Hanna Schygulla
as Geldverleiher's Wife
Antje Lewald
as Margarete's Mother
Maxim Mehmet
as Valentin's Friend
Sigurdur Skúlason
as Faust's Father
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Critic Reviews for Faust

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A grueling side show of a film, a morbid, mightily uninvolving piece ...

Nov 21, 2013 | Full Review…

Compared to many Sokurov films, this one has an enlivening paradoxicality: it's morbid but upbeat, grim yet rapturous.

Nov 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The movie expands in its frame, surpassing simple comprehension and continuing to grow in your mind - and perhaps to blow it - long after it's over.

Nov 14, 2013 | Full Review…

Faust's worldview may be esoteric, but its vision is lucid.

Nov 14, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Aleksandr Sokurov's demented, gunky take on the Faust legend tumbles from one scene into the next with loping, loopy energy.

Nov 14, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Settle in, because this requires your charity, but you'll dream it all back up the next night.

Nov 12, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Faust


A medieval doctor who's bored with life sells his soul to a Moneylender in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman. A fairly surreal and occasionally confusing version of Goethe's classic, Aleksandr Sokurov's adaptation is rewarding, but not intended for literary novices.

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