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Faust (1926)

Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage (original title)
The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Director:

F.W. Murnau

Writers:

Gerhart Hauptmann (titles), Hans Kyser (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gösta Ekman ... Faust (as Gösta Ekmann)
Emil Jannings ... Mephisto
Camilla Horn ... Gretchen / Marguerite
Frida Richard Frida Richard ... Gretchens Mutter / Marguerite's Mother (as Frieda Richard)
William Dieterle ... Valentin: Gretchens Bruder / Marguerite's Brother (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
Yvette Guilbert ... Marthe Schwerdtlein: Gretchens Tante / Marguerite's Aunt
Eric Barclay ... Herzog von Parma / Duke of Parma (as Eric Barcley)
Hanna Ralph ... Herzogin von Parma / Duchess of Parma
Werner Fuetterer ... Erzengel / Archangel
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Storyline

God and Satan war over earth; to settle things, they wager on the soul of Faust, a learned and prayerful alchemist. During a plague, Faust despairs and burns his books after failing to stop death; Satan sends Mephisto to tempt Faust, first with insight into treating the plague and then with a day's return to youth. Mephisto is clever, timing the end of this 24 hours as Faust embraces the beautiful Duchess of Parma. Faust trades his soul for youth. Some time later, he's bored, and demands on Easter Sunday that Mephisto take him home. Faust promptly sees and falls in love with the beautiful Gretchen, whose liaison with him brings her dishonor. Is there redemption? Who wins the wager? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

6 December 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1997 restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director F.W. Murnau wanted Lillian Gish to play Gretchen, but she insisted that the film be shot by her favorite cinematographer, Charles Rosher. Murnau instead cast newcomer Camilla Horn, who he had met on the set of Tartuffe (1925), where she was a double for Lil Dagover. See more »

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Faust: All things in heaven and on earth are wonderful! But the greatest miracle of all is man's freedom to choose between good and evil!
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A feast to look at.
23 April 2005 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Faust is a famous German story from Johann Wolfgang Goethe but to be honest I wasn't familiar with it until I saw this movie. Perhaps that's also why I liked the story so much, the movie changes direction time after time and from the beginning on you don't know how it is going to end. A great story of good versus evil in which love conquers all.

What makes the movie very memorable is the visual look of it. The movie is filled with some truly amazing early special effects. F.W. Murnau truly was a master in using convincing early special effects in his movies, some scene's are really impressive. Also the cinematography is spectacular and it has some brilliant lighting.

In many ways the movie was decades ahead of its time. The way the story is told in the movie is unique and spectacular for its period and so is the use of humor in it. All the scene's with Mephisto and Marthe Schwerdtlein were shear comedy brilliance, also mainly thanks to Emil Jannings his acting.

Mephisto himself really was one scary great villain character, especially when the character is first introduced to Faust.

Maybe not entirely a classic masterpiece, the middle and the drama is bit too much dragging and lacking for it but certainly a movie historical important and memorable movie. A F.W. Murnau movie that deserves to be seen by more.

9/10

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