Faustus is a scholar at the University of Wittenberg when he earns his doctorate degree. His insatiable appetite for knowledge and power leads him to employ necromancy to conjure Mephistopheles out of hell. He bargains away his soul to Lucifer in exchange for living 24 years during which Mephistopheles will be his slave. Faustus signs the pact in his own blood and Mephistopheles reveals the works of the devil to Faustus. Written by
The story of a scientist who sells his soul to the devil
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The Pageant of the Seven Deadly Sins does not use the dialogue from the original scene. Instead, Burton used passages from Marlowe's other plays: _Edward II_ (for Lechery), _Jew of Malta_ (for Avarice), and _Tamburlaine the Great Part One_ (Pride). Two of the Sins, Gluttony and Sloth, do not appear in the film at all. See more
When Faustus anoints his head with blood there is one mark on his forehead, but when he is conjuring Mephistophilis, there are two blood marks. See more
[speaking about Helen of Troy
Was this the face that launched a thousand ships and burnt the topless towers of Illium? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss!
Referenced in How I Created Doctor Faustef