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Release Date:
6 February 1968 (USA) See more »
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The story of a scientist who sells his soul to the devil
Plot:
A man sells his soul to the devil in order to have the woman he loves. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Trashed by the critics when first released, time has been kind to this mini-masterpiece. 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)
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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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Runtime:
93 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
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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FAQ

Do all versions of the Faust legend end the same way?
What was the deal that Faustus made with Mephistopheles?
What was the first thing Faustus asked of Mephistophilis after signing the contract?
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Trashed by the critics when first released, time has been kind to this mini-masterpiece., 8 November 2004
Author: Deusvolt from United States

The movie did draw in sizeable audiences in the Philippines although most of those who saw it were disappointed including the critics. I remember one shallow critic lamenting the baring of Elizabeth Taylor in one fleeting scene (rear view). He wished she had done it in her earlier years when she would have been more attractive. I must admit that at my age then of 17, she did look a bit too mature for me. But seeing her again on video with me pushing 50, I found that she looks great.

I not only saw the movie, I acted in our school play albeit in a small role as one of the scholars who spoke with Faustus. Alas! the play did not open as our director resigned after he couldn't pull off the open arena presentation he envisioned. Blocking was such a problem.

Seriously, the cinematic effects achieved by Burton who was both actor and director, deserve kudos considering the technical limitations of special effects at the time (1967). A striking scene was when he and Mephistopheles were walking in the night heavens discussing hell. They didn't look superimposed at all and on the full screen, with the two figures seeming to walk on the bottom of the frame across the blue black firmament among the stars, it gave one a feeling of both wonder and terror of being lost in the heavens. Looking back, it seems that Burton pioneered in achieving a surreal LSD effect which later became quite common.

The lines of Mephistopheles describing the nature of hell is memorable. I quote him freely: "Think you not that I who had experienced the Beatific Presence am not constantly tortured since I have been deprived of it? Hell is where we (the devils) are and where hell is, there we are, for each of us carry our own hell." This would apply to humans and not only to devils.

The Oxford players were great especially the actor who played Mephistopheles who was portrayed sympathetically in that he seemed to regret the Faust's loss of his immortal soul. The devil was shown weeping.

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