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Faust -- Faust is a man in search of the ideals of the Enlightenment, but becomes obsessed with the lovely Margarete and eventually sells his soul to the Devil also known as the Moneylender, so that he may possess her.


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A despairing scholar sells his soul to the devil in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Johannes Zeiler ... Heinrich Faust
Anton Adasinsky ... Moneylender

Isolda Dychauk ... Margarete
Georg Friedrich ... Wagner

Hanna Schygulla ... Moneylender's 'Wife'
Antje Lewald ... Margarete's Mother
Florian Brückner ... Valentin
Sigurður Skúlason ... Faust's Father

Maxim Mehmet ... Valentin's Friend
Andreas Schmidt ... Valentin's Friend
Oliver Bootz ... Valentin's Friend

Katrin Filzen ... Margarete's Maidservant
Prodromos Antoniadis ... Notarius
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Jonsson ... Greek Boy

Joel Kirby ... Pater Philippe

Eva-Maria Kurz ... Faust's Cook

Antoine Monot Jr. ... Monk With the Basket
Ondrej Novák ... Student
Lars Rudolph ... Innkeeper
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Directed by
Aleksandr Sokurov 
Writing credits
Yuri Arabov (book)

Aleksandr Sokurov (screenplay) &
Marina Koreneva (screenplay)

Johann Wolfgang Goethe (play) (as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Produced by
Leonid Choub .... co-producer
Andrey Sigle .... producer
Original Music by
Andrey Sigle 
Cinematography by
Bruno Delbonnel (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jörg Hauschild 
Casting by
Kristin Diehle 
Production Design by
Elena Zhukova 
Costume Design by
Lidiya Kryukova 
Production Management
Jirí Hauzner .... unit manager
Jiri Kounicky .... unit production manager: CZ
Sergey Obukhov .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sergei Rostropovich .... third assistant director
Martin Sebik .... first assistant director
Eilífur Örn Þrastarson .... second assistant director: Iceland
Karel Kubis .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
David Myslík .... construction
Jirí Prchal .... set swing gang
Jirí Trier .... props buyer
Sound Department
Makar Akhpashev .... supervising sound editor
Fonin Andrey .... sound editor
Alexej Ashkenazy .... adr engineer
Pavel Doreuli .... sound effects supervisor
Special Effects by
Faust .... special effects crew
Jón Andri Guðmundsson .... special effects assistant
Kamil Jaffar .... special effects supervisor
Eggert Ketilsson .... special effects
Pavel Policar .... special effects crew
Visual Effects by
Peter Doyle .... supervising digital colourist
Eugene Golovanov .... digital effects artist: Algous Studio
Nikolay Goryaev .... digital effects artist: Algous Studio
Alexey Goussev .... visual effects supervisor: Algous Studio
Igor Guziev .... visual effects artist: Algous Studio
Tuomo Hintikka .... visual effects supervisor
Aleksey Korobkin .... digital effects artist: Algous Studio
Panu Kujala .... visual effects
Antti Peltoranta .... visual effects
Peter Rees Dale .... visual effects
Anssi Saarimaa .... digital artist
Axe Tony .... visual effects artist: Algous Studio
Ville-Matti Vasama .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Jan Carda .... first assistant camera
Kriz David .... gaffer
Robert Kodera .... grip
Patrick Lima .... key grip
Frantisek Novák .... first assistant camera
Pavel Proisl .... grip
Ingvar Stefánsson .... gaffer: second unit
Casting Department
Andrea Brabin .... casting: Iceland
Editorial Department
Pentti Keskimäki .... colorist
Sergey Obukhov .... assistant editor
Antti Peltoranta .... post-production coordinator
Transportation Department
Lada Vacik .... driver: camera truck
Other crew
Robert Brinkschulte .... subtitler: english
Jürgen Kluckert .... voice dubbing: Sigurður Skúlason
David Koranda .... location manager
Santiago Ziesmer .... voice dubbing: Anton Adasinsky

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140 min
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42 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
disgusting = art ?, 13 May 2012
Author: Radu_A from Germany

Well, I have to admit that I've never been much of a fan of Sokurov's work. Rather on the contrary, I've considered all of his films which I've seen fairly tedious. But, as in the case of 'Russian Ark', one cannot deny his talent for opulent visuals and creative camera movement. However, how one could possibly deem this very loose adaptation of 'Faust' laudable is completely beyond me - because there are far superior film versions of this well-known story, first and foremost among them Murnau's.

What has always bothered me about Sokurov is derogatory treatment of female characters and use of superfluous or gruesome details - in this case best exemplified by the opening shot of a man's penis, then revealed to be that of a corpse in the process of being harvested by Faust for research. Or a totally unnecessary scene involving two drunken Russians. All women here are mere furniture, especially Gretchen, who hardly appears enough to merit even a reduction to an object of desire. Instead, there are endless interchanges between a bewildered, impoverished Faust and a less-than-impressive Mephisto, who is portrayed more as a salesman than a demon, thereby depriving the tale of much of its zest, and unduly limiting the means of expression of the actor - definitely the worst Mephistopheles I've ever seen on either screen or stage.

What I find absolutely unforgivable though is the altered ending, which takes excessive liberty with the tale as it is - and I'm not talking about Goethe, even though it is already quite preposterous to title the film as an adaptation of Goethe's Faust, and then but quote a few lines from the play. While art, of course, is at liberty to interpret the lore of culture freely, one cannot let Romeo and Juliet live, for instance, because then the whole point of the story is gone.

That is pretty much what Sokurov does to Faust here - for the sake of demonstrating his ability as a director, he changes the entire story to the extent of being unidentifiable, with no regard to the audience, or just about any definition of taste. Unfortunately, such creative sadism meets with the masochism of entrenched festival juries, preferring the old and tiresome over the young and relevant, which to me is about the only explanation how this self-indulgent, boring, dreadful piece could win the Golden Lion - notwithstanding the fact that this award has already lost much of its luster.

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