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Faust (1994)

An ordinary man is lured into a strange puppet theatre by a map and finds himself embroiled in a production of the Faustian legend.

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Jan Svankmajer
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Petr Cepek ... Faust
Jan Kraus
Vladimír Kudla Vladimír Kudla
Antonin Zacpal Antonin Zacpal
Jirí Suchý
Viktorie Knotková Viktorie Knotková
Jana Mézlová Jana Mézlová
Miluse Straková Miluse Straková
Josef Fiala Josef Fiala
Martin Radimecký Martin Radimecký
Ervín Tomendál Ervín Tomendál
Frantisek Polata Frantisek Polata
Josef Chodora Josef Chodora
Karel Vidimský Karel Vidimský
Petr Meissel Petr Meissel
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Storyline

A very free adaptation of Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus', Goethe's 'Faust' and various other treatments of the old legend of the man who sold his soul to the devil. Svankmajer's Faust is a nondescript man who, after being lured by a strange map into a sinister puppet theatre, finds himself immersed in an indescribably weird version of the play, blending live actors, clay model animation and giant puppets. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Country:

Czech Republic | France | UK

Language:

Czech | Latin

Release Date:

7 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fausto See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A quote from Goethe's Faust: "The spirit of the ages, that you find, In the end, is the spirit of Humankind: A mirror where all the ages are revealed. And so often it's all a mere misery Something we run away from at first sight. A pile of sweepings, a lumber room, maybe At best, a puppet show, that's bright With maxims, excellent, pragmatic, Suitable when dolls' mouths wax dramatic!" See more »

Quotes

Faust: How comes it then that thou art now out of hell with me?
Mefistofele: Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it. Thinks 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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A classic tale given a strange twist!
12 August 2005 | by NateManDSee all my reviews

The classic tale of Faust, the man who sold his soul to the devil, is given a strange twist. In the film, an ordinary guy finds a map on a subway which leads him to an abandoned theater. He chants the phrases which cause the devil to appear. The devil offers him anything he wants in exchange for his soul. Then we are treated to creepy marionette puppets that act out the play. Czech animator Jan Svankmajer is most notorious for his nightmarish stop motion film "Alice"(1988). In "Faust" he also combines his usual elements of live actors, puppets and clay animation. Most memorable is the creepy baby made of clay. Svankmajer creates his own bizarre world that is creepy yet often humorous. So if you enjoy surrealism, stop motion animation or any film that is in a category of its own; you should definitely see Jan Svankmajer's unique vision of "Faust".


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