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6 February 1968 (USA) See more »
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The story of a scientist who sells his soul to the devil
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A man sells his soul to the devil in order to have the woman he loves. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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DOCTOR FAUSTUS (Richard Burton and Nevill Coghill, 1967) **1/2 See more (25 total) »

Cast

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Richard Burton ... Doctor Faustus

Elizabeth Taylor ... Helen

Andreas Teuber ... Mephistophilis
Ram Chopra ... Valdes
Richard Carwardine ... Cornelius
Patrick Barwise ... Wagner
Michael Menaugh ... Good Angel / Bishop (as Michael Meneaugh)

Richard Durden ... Evil Angel / Knight (as Richard Durden-Smith)
David McIntosh ... Lucifer
Jeremy Eccles ... Belzebub
Gwydion Thomas ... Lechery
Ian Marter ... Pride / Emperor
Nicholas Loukes ... Envy / Cardinal of Lorraine
Adrian Benjamin ... Pope
Elizabeth O'Donovan ... Empress
Ambrose Coghill ... Avarice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Maria Aitken ... Sloth (uncredited)
Carolyn Bennitt ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jeremy Chandler ... Attendant (uncredited)
Bridget Coghill ... Gluttony (uncredited)
Nevill Coghill ... Professor (uncredited)
Sheila Dawson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Richard Harrison ... Professor (uncredited)
Jacqueline Harvey ... Dancer (uncredited)
Richard Heffer ... Disciple #1 (uncredited)
Valerie James ... Idleness (uncredited)
Anthony Kaufman ... Professor (uncredited)
Angus McIntosh ... Rector Magnificus (uncredited)
Petronella ... Gluttony (uncredited)
Renzo Pevarello ... Wrath (uncredited)
John Sandbach ... Boy Turned Into Hind (uncredited)
Sebastian Walker ... Idiot (uncredited)
Jane Wilford ... Nun / Court Lady (uncredited)
Julian Wontner ... Professor (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Burton 
Nevill Coghill 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nevill Coghill 
Wolf Mankowitz  co-writer (uncredited)
Christopher Marlowe  play "The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus"

Produced by
Richard Burton .... producer
Richard McWhorter .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mario Nascimbene 
 
Cinematography by
Gábor Pogány 
 
Film Editing by
John Shirley 
 
Production Design by
John DeCuir 
 
Art Direction by
Boris Juraga 
 
Set Decoration by
Dario Simoni 
 
Costume Design by
Peter J. Hall 
 
Production Management
Guy Luongo .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gus Agosti .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Fernando Valento .... construction manager
Italo Tomassi .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Aldred .... sound
David Hildyard .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Gerald Larn .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Nicola Di Gioia .... stunt performer
Cristea Traian .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Penn .... still photographer
 
Music Department
Mario Nascimbene .... musical director
 
Other crew
Jacqueline Harvey .... choreographer
Elaine Schreyeck .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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93 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (video rating) | UK:X (original rating) (1990) | USA:Unrated
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[Mephistopheles has come to Faustus' study]
Doctor Faustus:Where are you damned?
Mephistopheles:In hell.
Doctor Faustus:How comes it, then, that thou art out of hell?
Mephistopheles:Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it. / Think'st thou that I, who saw the face of God / And tasted the eternal joys of heaven, / Am not tormented with ten thousand hells / In being deprived of everlasting bliss?
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
DOCTOR FAUSTUS (Richard Burton and Nevill Coghill, 1967) **1/2, 24 July 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Cerebral and altogether too-literal transcript of Christopher Marlowe’s venerable play – the end result is opulent yet claustrophobic, not to mention dull.

Burton the producer/director certainly made inspired choices for his collaborators – production designer John De Cuir, cinematographer Gabor Pogany, composer Mario Nascimbene. Burton the actor, then, is riveting as always (particularly the monologue towards the end) – but real-life spouse Elizabeth Taylor is simply ludicrous as Faustus’ object of desire (in various disguises including Helen of Troy)! The remaining cast is largely made up of Oxford University drama students (the University itself, of which Burton was a former graduate, partly financed the film!): of these, only Andreas Teuber’s bald-headed, monk-clad Mephistopheles manages a striking performance.

The “Mondo Digital” review had likened this to the cult horror films made by Hammer, Roger Corman and Mario Bava: judging by the campy Papal sequence (with a host of fey clergymen on whom Faustus plays childish pranks) and an equally tacky conjuring act before a medieval court, I’d say that Burton and Coghill probably drew more on the decadent work of Federico Fellini or Pier Paolo Pasolini than anything else! Anyway, the experimental nature of the film extends to the baffling over-use of a pointless ‘foggy’ effect; its depiction of lust, however, emerges as traditionally naïve – with frolicking satyrs in a garden setting and decorous female nudity (including Taylor herself for one very brief moment).

Ulimately, DOCTOR FAUSTUS is to be considered an interesting failure – a personal tour-de-force for Burton but which, perhaps, needed a steadier hand…say, Joseph Losey (with whom the two stars would soon work on BOOM! [1968], curiously enough, a similar and equally maligned blend of fantasy and theatricality).

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