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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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Jeanne Calvière ... Siebel
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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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A fragment?
23 April 2017 | by See 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. However, there are a few things I would like to point out.

First of all, 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 minutes long. Yet I've looked at the description of this in Melies' Catalogue of Genuine and Original Star Films and the description is of basically what is here, which means nothing is missing. I've evidenced that some bits and pieces here and there are missing, but there's not enough evidenced missing to make the rest of the original run time.

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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