2 user 2 critic

Doktor Faustus (1982)

A musician beds down a prostitute he knows is diseased in order to gain inspiration, an act he later believes to have been a tacit pact with Satan.


Franz Seitz


Thomas Mann (novel), Franz Seitz
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Jon Finch ... Adrian Leverkühn
André Heller ... Satan
Hanns Zischler ... Dr. Serenius
Margot Hielscher ... Senatorin Rodde
Siemen Rühaak Siemen Rühaak ... Schwertfeger
Lothar G. Buchheim Lothar G. Buchheim ... Dr. Erasmi
Marie-Hélène Breillat Marie-Hélène Breillat ... Marie Godeau
Gaby Dohm ... Elisabeth Levekühn - Adrians Mutter
Heinz Weiss Heinz Weiss ... Jonathan Leverkühn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Balduin Baas Balduin Baas
Toni Berger
Jan Biczycki Jan Biczycki ... Kranich
Johanna Elbauer Johanna Elbauer
Veronika Fitz Veronika Fitz
Enzi Fuchs Enzi Fuchs ... Walburga
Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A man sells his soul to the devil in order to have the woman he loves.

Directors: Richard Burton, Nevill Coghill
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Andreas Teuber
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Hans Castorp, fresh from university and about to become a civil engineer, comes to the Sanatorium Berghof in the Swiss Alps to visit his cousin Joachim, an army officer, who is recovering ... See full summary »

Director: Hans W. Geissendörfer
Stars: Werner Eichhorn, Rod Steiger, Marie-France Pisier
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is a play by Christopher Marlowe, based on the German story Faust.

Directors: Matthew Dunster, Ian Russell
Stars: Charlotte Broom, Michael Camp, Richard Clews
Buddenbrooks (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In the 1840s, Lübeck is a dominating commercial town on the Baltic coast, and the Buddenbrooks are among the town's first families. Consul Jean Buddenbrook has two sons, Thomas and ... See full summary »

Director: Heinrich Breloer
Stars: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Iris Berben, Jessica Schwarz
Le mirage (1992)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

With the natural splendour of Lac Léman as a back-drop, Le Mirage is the story of a woman who believes she can recapture her youth by rediscovering love... with no regard for the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Guiguet
Stars: Louise Marleau, Fabienne Babe, Marco Hofschneider
Faust (1960)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The aging scientist Faust is desperately in search of knowledge and insight, but without success. To escape from this ignorance, he dares the extreme: He joins forces with the devil. ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Gorski, Gustaf Gründgens
Stars: Will Quadflieg, Gustaf Gründgens, Ella Büchi
Buddenbrooks (TV Series 1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Family saga set in 19th century Germany, chronicling the lives of three generations of the Buddenbrook family, the owners of a family business in the northern town of Luebeck. Based on the novel by Thomas Mann.

Stars: Ursula Dirichs, Reinhild Solf, Volkert Kraeft
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The 1920s: The German Fuhrmann family spend their holidays in Italy again. The country is full of mysteries in that time. The Fuhrmann's have to realize the upcoming and growing fascism and... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Maria Brandauer
Stars: Julian Sands, Anna Galiena, Jan Wachtel
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Franz Seitz
Stars: Martin Held, Ruth Leuwerik, Sabine von Maydell
Cinema Falado (1986)
Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A fragmented style, patchwork of interviews with Caetano Veloso's friends, mixed with conversations, thoughts, scenes of dance and literature excerpts.

Director: Caetano Veloso
Stars: Regina Casé, Hamilton Vaz Pereira, Dedé Veloso
Faust (2000)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A man sells his soul to the devil in order to gain superpowers and avenge the brutal death of his girlfriend. When he realizes that the price is the soul of his new love interest, he turns on the devil.

Director: Brian Yuzna
Stars: Mark Frost, Isabel Brook, Jennifer Rope
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

First part of two of the saga of the troubled Buddenbrook family and their business in mid 19th century Germany.

Director: Alfred Weidenmann
Stars: Liselotte Pulver, Hansjörg Felmy, Hanns Lothar


A musician beds down a prostitute he knows is diseased in order to gain inspiration, an act he later believes to have been a tacit pact with Satan.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Version of Il Mefistofele (1989) See more »


Preußens Gloria
Composed by Johann Gottfried Piefke
See more »

User Reviews

Bankruptcy of an Individual; Bankruptcy of a Nation!
29 March 2020 | by jessicacoco2005See all my reviews

Spectacular adaptation of Mann's novel. Superbly well-directed. The film is an abridged version of the novel. It is not a horror film in the tradition sense. "So Hell will be synonymous with the here and now of our present", the narrator Zeitblom tells us while he is huddled as bombs are falling from the sky during WW2.

This opening line is the metaphor for a story that relates the life of Leverkuhn with the rise of Nazism and Barbarism. Young Adrian is like any child. When he grows up he decides to study theology, but abandons theology associated with humanism to study music. Not the music of Beethoven, but 12 tone music based on mathematical permutations, which is aesthetically beautiful, but emotional cold.

At first glance, one might see little connection to the story of Leverkühn and the fate of the German nation. After all, the composer does not participate or even care about politics. In fact, he isolates himself for the sake of his art. His pride and narcissism demand he create great music that has never been heard before. However, he lacks the inspiration to do so. Adrian's emotional coldness and intellectual sterility leads him to take drastic measures. He makes a pact with the devil or is it his syphilis that makes him dream he signed such a pact?

Whether real or not, it reflects the pact any population makes when it decides not take things into its own hands, but relies on others to do so for them. The film reflects very well Leverkühn's spiritual fall and the physical corruption of his body. What it somehow fails to do is emphasis the references to Nazism which are more numerous in the novel and which would help the viewer more closely connect Leverkuhn's life to the national disaster of fascist Germany. A superb criticism of modern narcissism, where individuals are more concerned with themselves, their everyday lives rather than with fate of others and humanity.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.



West Germany

Release Date:

4 December 1986 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Doctor Faustus See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed