Footage from this movie was used
Director William Dieterle began his film career in Germany as an actor and appeared (under his original name, Wilhlem Dieterle) in the role of Valentin in F.W. Murnau's epic 1926 silent version of the Faust story. The opening scene of Dieterle's film, in which Mr Scratch looms into view and surveys the Stone farm from the gate, echoes the famous scene in the opening sequence of Murnau's film, in which the Devil looms over Faust's town like a giant bat.
A poster for the film hangs in Louis B. Mayer's office.
Documentary about this Movie
Molasar makes Dr. Cuza young and at the end old again, just like Mephisto does with Dr. Faust in Murnau's classic of German Expressionism. Dr. Cuza makes a deal with Molasar, just like Dr. Faust with Mephisto.Glaeken is similar to the Archangel in "Faust"(1926)..
There is a low-tech 1920's special effect used in Faust that makes the ring of fire Fuast stands in appear to cast duplicates of itself skyward. The same effect is used again in Dracula, and in both films the rings of fire appear directly before the main character meets the villain.
mentioned by Riefenstahl
When Jeffrey Wigand is alone in his hotel room he imagines to see his daughters. The expressionistic effect Mann uses is very similar to a scene in F.W. Murnau's masterpiece of German Expressionism. Mann definitely knows the film: He listed it once as one of the 10 best films ever made in a poll.
mentioned in dialogue
Both the plot and subplot refernce Murnau's take on the Faustian bargain.
in part II
Footage of this movie is shown.
Featured in the Volker Schlöndorff segment.
Extensive footage shown.
Clips of the movie are shown during the begining of the short.
clips are shown
Showing on Charlie's television just before his boss visits.