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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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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
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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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 | USA:Approved | West Germany:6

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Ah !je ris de me voir si beau en ce miroir!, 22 March 2004
Author: dbdumonteil

Ah!my beauty past compare these jewels!

René Clair movies are ,in my humble opinion,among the least interesting of the old cinema:Duvivier,Carné ,Renoir,Pagnol,Clouzot and Grémillon are much more exciting.Even the so-called masterpieces such as "le million"(1931) or "quatorze juillet" fail to excite me.In America ,Clair made a valuable adaptation of Christie's "and then were none ,but I'm not sure he was the right director for that.Returning to France ,he released "le silence est d'or' which I personally find unpleasant ,and then "la beauté du diable".

"La beauté du diable" would be interesting,were it only for Michel Simon's sensational portrayal of Mephisto and handsome Gerard Philippe,although very good, is sometimes dwarfed by the old lion of the French cinema.The lines are sometimes witty and hints at the atomic bomb reflect the greatest fear of the era.Simone Valere,Jean Desailly's wife ,as the princess,finds here one of her rare good screen parts -she mainly worked on stage-

That said,Jacques Tourneur made a much better job with the devil in "la main du diable" ,which is the real granddaddy of "Rosemary's baby" or "Angel heart".

Gerard Philippe was to be featured in two Clair's subsequent works ,two overrated works ,"belles de nuit" and "les grandes manoeuvres" ,and alas,sans Michel Simon.

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