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Faust ()

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

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Faust (as Gösta Ekmann)
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Mephisto
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Gretchen / Marguerite
Frida Richard ...
Gretchens Mutter / Marguerite's Mother (as Frieda Richard)
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Valentin: Gretchens Bruder / Marguerite's Brother (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
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Marthe Schwerdtlein: Gretchens Tante / Marguerite's Aunt
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Herzog von Parma / Duke of Parma (as Eric Barcley)
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Herzogin von Parma / Duchess of Parma
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Erzengel / Archangel
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Bauernbursche / Farmboy (uncredited)
Lothar Müthel ...
Mönch / Friar (uncredited)
Hans Rameau ...
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Hertha von Walther ...
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Emmy Wyda ...
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Directed by

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F.W. Murnau

Written by

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Gerhart Hauptmann ... (titles)
 
Hans Kyser ... (titles)
 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ... (play "Faust") (as Johann Wolfgang Goethe)

Produced by

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Erich Pommer ... producer

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Wolfgang Dauner ... (1976)
Werner R. Heymann
Erno Rapee
Daniel Schnyder ... (1999)
Bernd Schultheis ... (2000)
Rolf Unkel ... (1976)
Art Zoyd ... (1995)
William Axt ... (uncredited) (USA, 1926)

Cinematography by

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Carl Hoffmann

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Elfriede Böttrich ... (as Elfi Böttrich)

Art Direction by

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Robert Herlth
Walter Röhrig

Costume Design by

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Georges Annenkov
Robert Herlth
Walter Röhrig

Makeup Department

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Waldemar Jabs ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Hans Rameau ... assistant director

Art Department

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Robert Basilice ... property master
Arno Richter ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Kurt Schmidt ... sound: new version
Rudolf Wohlschläger ... sound: new version

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Erich Grohmann ... assistant camera
Hans Natge ... still photographer

Music Department

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Kurt Graunke ... conductor: new score
Frank Strobel ... conductor (2000)

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H.H. Caldwell ... intertitler
Katherine Hilliker ... intertitler
Charles Rosher ... photographic consultant

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The Voice of the Tempter See more »
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Also Known As
  • Faust (Germany)
  • Faust: A German Folk Legend (Canada, English title)
  • Faust (United States)
  • Faust (World-wide, English title)
  • Faust (United Kingdom)
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  • 85 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Due to the success of F.W. Murnau's previous film, The Last Laugh (1924), the studio promised him an unlimited budget with which to make this film. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Fatale beauté (1994). See more »
Quotes Mephisto: Poor Faust, why do you seek death when you have not yet lived?
Faust: I hate life!
Mephisto: Your life was only dust and decay! Pleasure is everything!
Faust: I am too old!
Mephisto: I offer you the greatest happiness: Youth! Seize it!
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