The aging scientist Faust is desperately in search of knowledge and insight, but without success. To escape from this ignorance, he dares the extreme: He joins forces with the devil. ... See full summary »

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writer:

(play) (as Johann Wolfgang Goethe)
Reviews
3 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Faust (2000)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A man sells his soul to the devil in order to gain superpowers and avenge the brutal death of his girlfriend. When he realizes that the price is the soul of his new love interest, he turns on the devil.

Director: Brian Yuzna
Stars: Mark Frost, Isabel Brook, Jennifer Rope
Faust III (2011)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A despairing scholar sells his soul to Satan in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Stars: Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinsky, Isolda Dychauk
Faust (1926)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Director: F.W. Murnau
Stars: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn
Faust (1994)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A very free adaptation of Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus', Goethe's 'Faust' and various other treatments of the old legend of the man who sold his soul to the devil. Svankmajer's Faust is a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Petr Cepek, Jan Kraus, Vladimír Kudla
Faust (2010)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Literature's most enduring cautionary tale is tricked out, boozed up, and slipped a few hits of acid in FAUST, an animated feature film based on the 200 year old Goethe play. A listless and... See full summary »

Director: Jay Marks
Stars: Isabella David, Jules Hartley, Meghan Moore
Faust I (2009)
Drama | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A psychedelic rock musical set in Venice, California - it tells the story of Faust, who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for the love of a young girl.

Director: Ansel Faraj
Stars: Mihran Konanyan, Matthew Greene, Anna Treyzon
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Faust story retold, with an aged alchemist accepting the gift of renewed youth from the devilish Mephistopheles.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Michel Simon, Gérard Philipe, Nicole Besnard
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A man sells his soul to the devil in order to have the woman he loves.

Directors: Richard Burton, Nevill Coghill
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Andreas Teuber
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Quadflieg ...
Dr. Heinrich Faust / Dichter
...
Mephistopheles / Lustige Person
Ella Büchi ...
...
Marthe Schwerdtlein (as E. Flickenschildt)
...
Theaterdirektor / Der HERR / Erdgeist (as H. Schomberg)
Eduard Marks ...
Max Eckard ...
Uwe Friedrichsen ...
Schüler
Heinz Reincke ...
Frosch
Hans Irle ...
Altmayer
Friedrich G. Beckhaus ...
Brander (as F. G. Beckhaus)
Karl Heinz Wüpper ...
Siebel (as K. H. Wüpper)
Heidi Leupolt ...
Lieschen
Gustl Busch ...
Hexe
Konrad Krauss ...
Edit

Storyline

The aging scientist Faust is desperately in search of knowledge and insight, but without success. To escape from this ignorance, he dares the extreme: He joins forces with the devil. Mephisto offers him eternal youth and the opportunity to seduce the virgin Gretchen. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 September 1960 (West Germany)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was released in the U.S. in German with no English subtitles. See more »

Connections

Version of Faust (1926) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
EXTRAORDINARY ACTING
22 November 1999 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

In 1957 Gustaf Gründgens staged a new production of Goethe's Faust in which he once again played Mephisto, a part he had played since 1932. The brilliant production was a huge success and ran for a couple of years. In 1959 Peter Gorski captured the performance on film in his directorial film debut. Basically it is a registration of the production, but Gorksi did manage to accentuate the details of the acting by using enough medium and close-up shots which give a view on the acting you normally would not able to see in a theater.

How fortunate it is and how happy we can be that at least this Mephisto of Gründgens is on film (I do not know of any other Faust production with Gründgens on film). Here we can see his brilliant, if not obsessive acting to the full. Here we can also see that, although Gründgens was know for not being in favour of "modernization" of classic plays, he was not entirely against it either. The stage set is simple and almost bare which gives the production a certain light touch. Faust himself is a young man (without long beard!) who is a nuclear physicist (an idea given to Gründgens by Will Quadflieg); a very clear reference to the then nuclear race. According to Heinz Reincke (interview on tv) the exploding of the atom bomb was more sensational on stage than in this film.

So, not only for Gründgens this is a fascinating film, the staging and interpretation of the play as well make it wonderful viewing; for the first time he included the prolog. While watching this production I hardly need to consult Goethe's text; the cast read their lines with a wonderful sense of rhythm and very, very clear; productions nowadays can learn something from this. Not only Gründgens' acting can be admired, under the supervision of Gründgens the complete cast is extraordinary.

Highly recommended and a must-see for all those studying or interested in German language and culture.(8/10)


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?