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Faust (1926)

The latest restoration of a German silent classic is F.W. Murnau's lavishly mounted version of the Goethe tale, starring Emil Jannings as Mephisto. It's an impressive drama but also has a sense of (Teutonic) humor here and there. Most every shot is a fantastic visuals, and the bigger scenes use visual designs worthy of fine art. Faust Blu-ray + DVD Kino Classics 1926 / B&W / 1:33 flat full frame / 106, 116 min / Street Date November 17, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 34.96 Starring Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard, William Dieterle, Yvette Guilbert, Eric Barclay, Hanna Ralph, Werner Fuetterer. Cinematography Carl Hoffman Production Design Robert Herlth, Walter Röhrig Film Editor Elfi Böttrich Written by Gerhart Hauptmann, Hans Kyser from plays by Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Christopher Marlowe Produced by Erich Pommer Directed by F.W. Murnau

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Back in film school, lecturers on cinema art of the 1920s claimed that Germany had an edge over Hollywood.
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Faust Blu-ray Review

Director: F.W. Murnau

Starring: Gosta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

Running Time: 107 minutes

Certificate: PG

Extras: Audio Commentary with David Ehrenstein and Bill Krohn, Discussion with Tony Rayns

The most marvelous thing about revisiting films of the silent era is that you are exposed to films where the visuals take precedent and yet character and plot are not sacrificed. Faust, one of the many classics from Nosferatu director F.W. Murnau, takes the famous German folktale and presents it as spectacle and really pushes the boundaries of what films were capable of.

The story sees a demon, Mephisto (Jannings), wager that he can corrupt the soul of a mortal, Faust (Ekman). From there, the film looks at the hardships of humans and whether faith is possible in the darkest of times. Murnau does an excellent job of visualising temptation, whether it be for love or youth, and this stirring
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Vintage Horror Cinema: F.W. Murnau's 'Faust'

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Vintage Horror Cinema: F.W. Murnau's 'Faust'
In today's chapter of our ongoing tribute to horror's early days, we take a look at an epic dark fantasy from director F.W. Murnau, whom you may remember as the director of the 1922 film Nosferatu, the first – though unofficial – cinematic adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. (For a really cool fictionalized take on the making of that film, check out E. Elias Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire.) When Murnau returned to horror four years later, he did so in a major way, with the most elaborate and expensive German film production to date; Fritz Lang's monumental Metropolis would edge it out of the top spot the following year. The story of Faust is universally known, but got a big boost from an adaptation by renowned German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which was published in the early 1800s. The legend itself involves a master alchemist (Gösta Ekman) who
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