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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 »

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Peter Gorski, Gustaf Gründgens (uncredited)

Writer:

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (play) (as Johann Wolfgang Goethe)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Quadflieg Will Quadflieg ... Dr. Heinrich Faust / Dichter
Gustaf Gründgens ... Mephistopheles / Lustige Person
Ella Büchi Ella Büchi ... Margarete "Gretchen"
Elisabeth Flickenschildt ... Marthe Schwerdtlein (as E. Flickenschildt)
Hermann Schomberg ... Theaterdirektor / Der HERR / Erdgeist (as H. Schomberg)
Eduard Marks Eduard Marks ... Wagner
Max Eckard Max Eckard ... Valentin
Uwe Friedrichsen Uwe Friedrichsen ... Schüler
Heinz Reincke Heinz Reincke ... Frosch
Hans Irle Hans Irle ... Altmayer
Friedrich G. Beckhaus ... Brander (as F. G. Beckhaus)
Karl Heinz Wüpper Karl Heinz Wüpper ... Siebel (as K. H. Wüpper)
Heidi Leupolt Heidi Leupolt ... Lieschen
Gustl Busch Gustl Busch ... Hexe
Konrad Krauss Konrad Krauss ... Engel Raphael
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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. Mephisto offers him eternal youth and the opportunity to seduce the virgin Gretchen. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

30 September 1960 (West Germany) See more »

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Divina-Film See more »
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was credited as Wolfgang von Goethe. See more »

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EXTRAORDINARY ACTING
22 November 1999 | by jan onderwaterSee all my reviews

In 1957 Gustaf Gründgens staged a new production of Goethe's Faust in which he once again played Mephisto, a part he had played since 1932. The brilliant production was a huge success and ran for a couple of years. In 1959 Peter Gorski captured the performance on film in his directorial film debut. Basically it is a registration of the production, but Gorksi did manage to accentuate the details of the acting by using enough medium and close-up shots which give a view on the acting you normally would not able to see in a theater.

How fortunate it is and how happy we can be that at least this Mephisto of Gründgens is on film (I do not know of any other Faust production with Gründgens on film). Here we can see his brilliant, if not obsessive acting to the full. Here we can also see that, although Gründgens was know for not being in favour of "modernization" of classic plays, he was not entirely against it either. The stage set is simple and almost bare which gives the production a certain light touch. Faust himself is a young man (without long beard!) who is a nuclear physicist (an idea given to Gründgens by Will Quadflieg); a very clear reference to the then nuclear race. According to Heinz Reincke (interview on tv) the exploding of the atom bomb was more sensational on stage than in this film.

So, not only for Gründgens this is a fascinating film, the staging and interpretation of the play as well make it wonderful viewing; for the first time he included the prolog. While watching this production I hardly need to consult Goethe's text; the cast read their lines with a wonderful sense of rhythm and very, very clear; productions nowadays can learn something from this. Not only Gründgens' acting can be admired, under the supervision of Gründgens the complete cast is extraordinary.

Highly recommended and a must-see for all those studying or interested in German language and culture.(8/10)


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