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Beauty and the Devil (1950)

La beauté du diable (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 25 August 1952 (USA)
The Faust story retold, with an aged alchemist accepting the gift of renewed youth from the devilish Mephistopheles.

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Professor Henri Faust, retiring after 50 years as an alchemist in a circa-1700 university, despairs at still knowing nothing of the true secrets of nature...whereupon his old acquaintance Mephistopheles, servant of Lucifer, appears and grants him youth and a new life. But with youth, Faust's interest is diverted from science to women. And Mephistopheles, who has taken on the guise of the elderly Faust that was, sets many snares for his young friend's slippery soul... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Rene Clair - whose genius has created masterpieces...now brings his magic touch to the screen in a new achievement!

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seductive
24 July 2017 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

long time, for me it was the result of an unique meet - Rene Clair, Michel Simon and Gerard Philippe. then, it seems be one of the most elegant adaptations of the legend of Doctor Faust. not the last, a seductive work of Gerard Philippe who, more than an admirable performance, has the splendid gift to give to us the pure, honest, vulnerable, fresh and touching spirit of youth. it is a film who seems be so simple... . a fairy tale, or parable, well known before you see it. but, in essence, it remains a revelation. like an open window in the early morning of summer.


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