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Beauty and the Devil (1950)

La beauté du diable (original title)
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The Faust story retold, with an aged alchemist accepting the gift of renewed youth from the devilish Mephistopheles.

Director:

René Clair

Writers:

René Clair (screenplay and dialogue), Armand Salacrou (screenplay and dialogue)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michel Simon ... Mephistopheles / Old Prof. Henri Faust
Gérard Philipe ... Young Henri Faust / Young-Looking Mephistopheles
Nicole Besnard ... Marguerite the Gypsy Girl
Simone Valère ... La Princesse
Carlo Ninchi ... Le Prince
Raymond Cordy ... Antoine the Servant
Tullio Carminati ... Le Diplomate
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Official
Gaston Modot ... Gypsy
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Storyline

Professor Henri Faust, retiring after 50 years as an alchemist in a circa-1700 university, despairs at still knowing nothing of the true secrets of nature...whereupon his old acquaintance Mephistopheles, servant of Lucifer, appears and grants him youth and a new life. But with youth, Faust's interest is diverted from science to women. And Mephistopheles, who has taken on the guise of the elderly Faust that was, sets many snares for his young friend's slippery soul... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Rene Clair - whose genius has created masterpieces...now brings his magic touch to the screen in a new achievement!

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauty and the Devil See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Entertaining and clever but lacks punch.
10 April 2017 | by peterjohndeanSee all my reviews

Technically very well-made, with excellent performances by Michel Simon and Gérard Philippe- the rest of the cast is pretty forgettable. But somehow it sags in the middle and it all seems rather superficial and distant. You don't engage with the characters. The dialogue is too literary for modern tastes and the court scenes with their dances and music just fill up time. Smooth entertainment but it could have been much more gripping. I find Clair's next film, also with Gérard Philippe, funnier and better constructed.


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