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Faust and Marguerite (1904)

Faust et Marguerite (original title)
Old and burdened Faust sells his soul to the Devil for the exchange of youth and pleasures. He seduces Marguerite and is finally condemned to hell.

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Georges Méliès
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jeanne Calvière Jeanne Calvière ... Siebel
Georges Méliès ... Mephistopheles
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Storyline

Old and burdened Faust sells his soul to the Devil for the exchange of youth and pleasures. He seduces Marguerite and is finally condemned to hell.

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Short | Fantasy

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Country:

France

Release Date:

2 April 1904 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Faust and Marguerite See more »

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Georges Méliès,Star-Film See more »
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Runtime:

(surviving)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A fragment . . . or not
23 April 2017 | by He_who_lurksSee all my reviews

This is a pretty interesting attempt at telling the story of Faust by Melies. It appears as though Melies himself played Mephistopheles. And while the same director had already adapted Faust and Marguerite in 1897 (in a lost film of the same name), this Melies epic production is a lot more complex than that film probably was.

However, the print quality is atrocious. It looks like someone who worked for Melies took some black paint and painted the darks darker. This makes the film quality into a big, runny, spattered mess. I know they could make cleaner prints by 1904. Or maybe it's the film was rediscovered in horrible condition and the print quality isn't the fault of the camera.

The other thing is that Flicker Alley calls this a fragment and indeed the Star Film Catalogue number claims this was originally 13-15 minutes long. Yet I've looked at the description of this in Melies' Catalogue of Genuine and Original Star Films and little is indicated to be missing. I've evidenced that some bits and pieces here and there aren't here, but there's not enough evidenced missing to make up the rest of the original run time. The print available is only, like, 4 minutes!

I'm guessing the description I read is a description of a shortened print of the original. Still I wonder how the original was 15 minutes when what is here is very close to completing the description.


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