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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.

Writers:

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

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doctor Faustus See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

One of five collaborations of actor Richard Burton and producer Richard McWhorter. The films include Becket (1964), Doctor Faustus (1967), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) the latter of which was the only non-period costumer picture. See more »

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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 »

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Doctor Faustus: [speaking about Helen of Troy] Was this the face that launched a thousand ships and burnt the topless towers of Illium? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss!
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An Ambitious Undertaking
3 July 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It was an ambitious undertaking for Richard Burton, to film Christopher Marlowe's classic Dr. Faustus with an untried amateur cast. I'd say he got a mixed bag of results.

Well, they weren't all that amateur, they were the members of the Oxford Dramatic Society and quite a number of them went on to have substantial careers in film and theater. Fans of the Doctor Who series will recognize Ian Marter who played Harry Sullivan during the Tom Baker reign as the Doctor, he's probably the most well known of the cast.

Of course there's Elizabeth Taylor who plays the brief part of Helen of Troy who in legend is ultimate in feminine beauty. She has no dialog, but she makes her presence known.

Faustus, a man who devotes his entire life to the pursuit of knowledge and somehow feels he's left a lot out of his life. Piety and service to God ain't cutting it any more. He makes a deal with Lucifer himself and even gets one of the fallen angels, Mephistopheles to act as a personal servant and conveyor of Faustus's wishes to the Prince of Darkness.

Of course he gets what he wants, but there's a day of reckoning and Faustus just simply doesn't want to cough up the soul. What do you expect from a guy who constantly refers to himself in the third person? Faustus is rather full of himself.

From what little research I did, Richard Burton made a concerted effort in this film to perform it close to Marlowe's own vision. There seems to be a few versions of this out there and it's all open to speculation.

It was an ambitious undertaking, not entirely successful, but not a total failure either. And Elizabeth Taylor looks pretty good in it.


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