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6 December 1926 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
F.W. Murnau 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gerhart Hauptmann  titles
Hans Kyser  titles
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  play "Faust" (as Johann Wolfgang Goethe)

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
Original Music by
Wolfgang Dauner (1976)
Werner R. Heymann 
Erno Rapee 
Daniel Schnyder (1999)
Bernd Schultheis (2000)
Rolf Unkel (1976)
Art Zoyd (1995)
William Axt (USA, 1926) (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Carl Hoffmann 
Film Editing by
Elfi Böttrich (new version)
Art Direction by
Robert Herlth 
Walter Röhrig 
Costume Design by
Georges Annenkov 
Robert Herlth 
Walter Röhrig 
Makeup Department
Waldemar Jabs .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hans Rameau .... assistant director
Art Department
Robert Basilice .... property master
Arno Richter .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Kurt Schmidt .... sound: new version
Rudolf Wohlschläger .... sound: new version
Camera and Electrical Department
Erich Grohmann .... assistant camera
Hans Natge .... still photographer
Music Department
Kurt Graunke .... conductor: new score
Frank Strobel .... conductor (2000)
Other crew
H.H. Caldwell .... intertitler (US version)
Katherine Hilliker .... intertitler (US version)
Charles Rosher .... photographic consultant

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Also Known As:
"Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage" - Germany (original title)
"Faust: A German Folk Legend" - Canada (English title)
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Canada:85 min | 116 min (1997 restored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Germany:6 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Not Rated

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Acting debut for Camilla Horn, who had previously only worked as a stand-in for other actresses.See more »
Mephisto:A pretty girl is not well behaved! Long live Gretchen!See more »
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Edited into Jekyll & Canada (2009) (V)See more »


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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
10/10, 28 August 2003
Author: desperateliving from Canada

A lyrical fable version of Goethe's famous story, where Mephisto and an angel gamble with Faust's spirit, the entire film has an aura of delicate beauty. When Faust's town is shrouded with a pestilence, Faust summons Mephisto and agrees to a trial selling of his soul, in the hopes that he can save the townspeople. When Faust does indeed cure the town, Mephisto tempts him with the promise of youth and Gretchen, the most beautiful woman in Italy. Misty, often eerie, fiendish imagery, like satanic birds, hooded men, flying horsemen and Caligari-inspired exteriors fill the screen. When Faust signs his contract, the words burn themselves into the page as Mephisto dips his feather pen in Faust's vein. A wonderful touch near the beginning has Faust trying to escape Mephisto but having him appear wherever he goes, always a few steps ahead. Both Faust, as a young man, and Gretchen are lovely, and Jannings gives an excellent performance as the Dark Prince. A masterpiece of poetic atmosphere that ages Murnau's technical mastery wondrously, the film is aided tremendously by the sometimes ominous, sometimes enchanting orchestral score. 10/10

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