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Doctor Faustus (1967)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 6 February 1968 (USA)
A man sells his soul to the devil in order to have the woman he loves.

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Christopher Marlowe (play), Nevill Coghill (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... Doctor Faustus
Elizabeth Taylor ... Helen
Andreas Teuber ... Mephistophilis
Ram Chopra Ram Chopra ... Valdes
Richard Carwardine Richard Carwardine ... Cornelius
Patrick Barwise Patrick Barwise ... Wagner
Michael Menaugh Michael Menaugh ... Good Angel / Bishop (as Michael Meneaugh)
Richard Durden ... Evil Angel / Knight (as Richard Durden-Smith)
David McIntosh David McIntosh ... Lucifer
Jeremy Eccles Jeremy Eccles ... Belzebub
Gwydion Thomas Gwydion Thomas ... Lechery
Ian Marter ... Pride / Emperor
Nicholas Loukes Nicholas Loukes ... Envy / Cardinal of Lorraine
Adrian Benjamin Adrian Benjamin ... Pope
Elizabeth O'Donovan Elizabeth O'Donovan ... Empress
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Storyline

Faustus is a scholar at the University of Wittenberg when he earns his doctorate degree. His insatiable appetite for knowledge and power leads him to employ necromancy to conjure Mephistopheles out of hell. He bargains away his soul to Lucifer in exchange for living 24 years during which Mephistopheles will be his slave. Faustus signs the pact in his own blood and Mephistopheles reveals the works of the devil to Faustus. Written by alfiehitchie

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The story of a scientist who sells his soul to the devil

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doctor Fausto See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This film and Hammersmith Is Out (1972) are considered to both be based on the Faust legend. Richard Burton co-directed Doctor Faustus (1967) which he co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor. As such, Doctor Faustus (1967) was the first of two films based on the Faust legend that the pair made together. See more »

Goofs

When Faustus anoints his head with blood there is one mark on his forehead, but when he is conjuring Mephistophilis, there are two blood marks. See more »

Quotes

[Mephistopheles has come to Faustus' study]
Doctor Faustus: Where are you damned?
Mephistopheles: In hell.
Doctor Faustus: How comes it, then, that thou art out of hell?
Mephistopheles: Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it. / Think'st thou that I, who saw the face of God / And tasted the eternal joys of heaven, / Am not tormented with ten thousand hells / In being deprived of everlasting bliss?
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Referenced in The Ruling Class (1972) See more »

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A typical Richard Burton movie...
29 June 2001 | by Vigilante-407See all my reviews

One thing about Richard Burton...the movies he makes are never mediocre. They are either very good or very bad.

I'm not sure on which end that Doctor Faustus falls. It wasn't exactly what I expected...Burton's adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's play on the legend of Faust. The sets and much of the cinematography is masterful...the problem is the script, which is done completely in Old English and in virtual iambic pentameter, which makes it very hard for the average person to understand.


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