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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 »
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Michel Simon is the reason to watch 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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Michel Simon is the reason to watch, 17 November 2013
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Good, not great Clair, in my opinion. It's his take off of the Faust legend. I'm afraid I'm not familiar enough with the story (and sadly cannot even recall most of the plot of Murnau's Faust to compare it), so I don't know how it changes anything. Michel Simon stars as Professor Faust, an ancient man trying to perfect alchemy. Mephistopholes (played at first by Gerard Philipe) exchanges forms with Simon, allowing Faust to become a young man again. The plot felt a little murky to me, but eventually Faust agrees to stay in the form of Philipe. With the help of Mephistopholes, he figures out how to turn sand into gold and becomes rich and famous. It all comes at a price, though, and Mephistopholes is a tricky demon. The main reason to watch this is Simon. My God, this is one of his best roles ever. He seems so decrepit at the beginning - he was 55 at the time, but you'd swear he was 90 - and then, when Mephistopholes takes his form, he becomes this spry creature. It's truly an amazing performance. Philipe (the star of Fanfan La Tulipe) is quite good, as well. Nicole Besnard isn't much of an actress, but she's very adorable as the young gypsy girl Faust falls for. I thought the twist at the end of the story was quite stupid and too easy (again, it could be straight from the original story, but I don't know).

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