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René Clair (screenplay) &
Armand Salacrou (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 August 1952 (USA) See more »
Rene Clair - whose genius has created brings his magic touch to the screen in a new achievement!
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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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins See more »
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Delightful Adaptation of Faust See more (8 total) »


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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
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
Crew verified as complete

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

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Delightful Adaptation of Faust, 25 August 2012
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

After fifty years of service to the University and science without enjoying the pleasures of life, Professor Henri Faust (Michel Simon) is visited by the servant of Lucifer, Mephistopheles (Gérard Philipe), who offers youth and a new life to him.

Professor Faust switches body with Mephistopheles and the young Henri meets the gypsy girl Marguerite (Nicole Besnard), but he is accused of killing Professor Faust and is arrested. Mephistopheles tries to force Henri to sign a contract to give his soul to Lucifer. Henri refuses and Mephistopheles schemes an evil plot, bringing Henri to the court to become successful, transforming sand into gold and becoming the lover of the Princess (Simone Valère). When Henri is dumped to the poverty again, he is lured by Mephistopheles and accepts to sign the contract. Will Lucifer win the battle against the integrity of Henri and the love of Marguerite with him?

"La Beauté du Diable" is a delightful adaptation of the German legend of Faust. The witty screenplay of René Clair and Armand Salacrou is wonderful and Michel Simon "steals" the film in the role of the wicked Mephistopheles in very funny situations. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Beleza do Diabo" ("The Beauty of the Devil")

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