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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

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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 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


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.

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West Germany

Release Date:

4 December 1986 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Doctor Faustus See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Version of Faust. Der Tragödie erster Teil (2009) See more »


Deutschland, Deutschland über alles
Lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn (as Franz Joseph Haydn)
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All senses satisfied
9 December 2003 | by wim-vorsterSee all my reviews

Franz Seitz, who collaborated with Volker Schlondorff on the script of 'Die Blechtrommel' (The Tin Drum), scripted and directed this brilliant adaptation of Thomas Mann's novel.Narrated by Adrian Leverkuhn's lifelong friend (who is also secretly in love with him) it sets off his pact with Satan to become a brilliant composer. He has to sacrifice ever falling in love with a woman. Therefore he willingly contracts syphilis. In the process of rising to the heights of his artistry, he destroys all those round him. The film, like the novel, is both a reflection on and a metaphor for the rise of Nazism in Germany. It is however devoid of all politics, with the exception of some black & white war footage. Told in three episodes and spanning the composer's lifetime, Seitz's film is still (2018) a masterpiece. When a work of art satisfies and stimulates one emotionally, visually, sensually and intellectually, it is a masterpiece. Within minutes one forgets that Jon Finch (who starred in the title role of Polanski's 'Macbeth') is dubbed into German. I have now been given the DVD as a present. Apparently there are only a few copies in the world.This is a pity, because it belongs on the shelf of every lover of art cinema.

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