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Faust (1994)

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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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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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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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Referenced in Clash of the Titans (2010) See more »

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This so insane!!! I love it!
12 February 2005 | by KGB-Greece-PatrasSee all my reviews

This is why I watch films. Every now and then I stumble across beautiful strange, unique films! Grotesque, macabre but with a very weird sense of humour present at all times, this stop-motion animation / puppet & real actors film has to be one of the strangest films. I am so happy to own it! Actually in the beginning I was not quite linking to the character Faust, as he was too alienated in whatever happened - but while it went on, it began to make sense in a deeper level than the simple surrealism I had thought in the first place.

For all people interested in strange, weird films, black humour & fed up with the trash Hollywood serves us, then go for this spectacular film!


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Country:

Czech Republic | France | UK | Germany

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Czech | Latin

Release Date:

7 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fausto See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,117,923
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Dolby

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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