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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

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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 »

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Mefistofele: Eat, Drink, Sleep and be content.
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A fantasy to dream with again and again.
19 May 2001 | by awalter1See all my reviews

"Faust" is a wonderful blend of real-time and stop-motion storytelling by a master of the surreal. An apparently ordinary everyman is led by curiosity into a dilapidated building which turns out to be a strange blend of alchemical laboratory, theater, and puppeteer's workshop. Suddenly, the man finds himself becoming the legendary Dr. Faust, selling his soul to the devil in exchange for magical powers.

Jan Svankmajer is the true sorcerer here. He blends stage sets with real locations and seven-foot puppets with live actors, making magic of it all.

The film has been dubbed for English audiences, but there has perhaps never been a less obtrusive film dub. The voice performances are excellent and actually add to the surreal quality of the film.


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