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Director:
Writers:
René Clair (screenplay) &
Armand Salacrou (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 August 1952 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Rene Clair - whose genius has created masterpieces...now brings his magic touch to the screen in a new achievement!
Plot:
The Faust story retold, with an aged alchemist accepting the gift of renewed youth from the devilish Mephistopheles. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins See more »
User Reviews:
when devil is beautiful See more (8 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
René Clair 
 
Writing credits
René Clair (screenplay and dialogue) &
Armand Salacrou (screenplay and dialogue)

Produced by
Salvo D'Angelo .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roman Vlad 
 
Cinematography by
Michel Kelber 
 
Film Editing by
James Cuenet 
 
Art Direction by
Franco Lolli (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Léon Barsacq 
 
Costume Design by
Mayo 
 
Production Management
A. Fattori .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michel Boisrond .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Veniero Colasanti .... artistic advisor (as V. Colasanti)
Italo Tomassi .... construction (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert Biard .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gianni Di Venanzo .... camera operator (as G. Venanzo)
 
Music Department
Roger Desormière .... musical director (as Roger Désormière)
 
Other crew
Carmine Bologna .... administrator (as C. Bologna)
René Moulin .... technical agent
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La beauté du diable" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:95 min | France:96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1950) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved | West Germany:6

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Version of Lesson Faust (1994)See more »

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
when devil is beautiful, 4 April 2005
Author: Juha Varto from Finland

Of all Faust stories this film is the beautiful one: no demonetization of either devil or human. Every one in film are very human in their needs and their deeds. Devil gives the youth to Faust, not to have his earlier youth but any youth with which Faust can live his unlived life. Devil here is the defender of man, the one heavenly body that knows what it is to be old, near dying, weak and soft in head. Devil has pity of man that God never had, God only had plans. This message is deliberating and gives beauty to life, any life, but certainly to that new youth Faust has in this story. He really sees why his life went unlived and he knows - thanks to Devil himself - how to live it now. Gerard Philipe is great and convincing in the role of Faust: one believes that that youthful charm, energy and elan is intellectual, too. He might have been a Nietzsche of his days, in Medieval Time, full of attitude and vital in intellect! A great movie, real antidote to those German versions of Faust where Faust is just a bad dream of commerce.

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