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Director:
Writers:
René Clair (screenplay) &
Armand Salacrou (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 August 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
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An old time french masterpiece See more (8 total) »

Cast

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Michel Simon ... Mephistopheles / Old Prof. Henri Faust

Gérard Philipe ... Young Henri Faust / Young-Looking Mephistopheles
Nicole Besnard ... Marguerite the Gypsy Girl
Simone Valère ... La Princesse
Carlo Ninchi ... Le Prince
Raymond Cordy ... Antoine the Servant
Tullio Carminati ... Le Diplomate
Paolo Stoppa ... Official
Gaston Modot ... Gypsy
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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 Doktor Faustus (1982)See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An old time french masterpiece, 5 September 2007
Author: zeuhl from France

Though I'm french, I am not a fan of french movies which I usually find boring or too intellectual ( in a pejorative way ).

This being said, I've always liked this movie, greatly because of the incredible performance of Michel Simon, undoubtedly one of the greatest french actors ever. His portrayal of Mephistopheles is delightful in every way. He leaves but little place to the other actors ( mostly Gerard Philippe the avatar of the romantic actor, playing young Faust having sold his soul to the devil ).

In an era where special effects where about non existent, Rene Clair managed to make a really witty comedy about the meaning of life.

Astonishing to see how certain movies, no matter how old they are, remain entertaining. This is definitely one of them.

A must see ! Should you like it, try Belles de Jour from Rene Clair too, another witty romantic old times french comedy. You'll be pleased.

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