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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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Karl Freund originally signed on as cinematographer for the film, but he was forced to drop out due to illness. He was replaced by F.W. Murnau's preferred cameraman, Carl Hoffmann.See more »
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Erzengel:The earth will never be thine! Man is good: His spirit strives for truth!
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40 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
A great film by Murnau, 15 November 2000
Author: Bobs-9 from Chicago, Illinois, USA

I think of Murnau's Faust as a masterpiece not only of cinema, but of the human imagination. I understand that reviews at the time of its premier were lukewarm, but I honestly can't imagine not feeling grateful for the opportunity to see this film today. Moments and images from it are so powerful, they are vivid in the mind years after seeing them -- two hours in a dream world.

The flying sequence has been commented-on more than once, and with good reason. It is a spectacular series of shots wherein the camera tracks through long miniature sets which gradually change from a dense cluster of medieval rooftops and steeples, to a tortuous countryside of mountain peaks and snake-like rivers, twisted trees, deep gorges with plunging waterfalls and stone cliffs, rapids, a field of long grass, elaborate renaissance architecture and an Italianate palace. Along the way there is an encounter with grotesque elongated black birds in the sky, their wings flapping in unison. The sets incorporate running water (with little bits of smoking material floating in the rapids to simulate splashes and spray), an illuminated moon, and smoke to simulate clouds and fog. The whole sequence can't be much more than a couple of minutes long, but the effort to design, construct and coordinate the sequence must have been staggering. The following palace scene is set on a huge multi-level set with female dancers stretching off into the distance. They are there for no better reason than to establish an atmosphere of sumptuous decadence, and young Faust arrives in the middle of this riding between two enormous elephants, which seem to be entirely artificial and crafted of fabric, wire, etc. So it goes throughout the production. Almost every scene is a feast for the eyes, and the darker scenes are vividly expressionistic in design.

The acting is the old-fashioned silent-movie variety of big operatic gestures and vivid facial expression. It may seem odd to those not used to it, but it is NOT an example of ham actors overdoing it. This was a legitimate style of acting in its time, and offers genuine artistic beauty to those who can manage to appreciate it.

The fact that there seems to be no video version of `Faust' at the time of this posting is criminal. Ditto for Murnau's "Sunrise." These things should NEVER be out of print.

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