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  The Regent Theatre - Arlington, MA - Arlington's Show Place of Entertainment
Both Faust and Mephisto are young men as Faust wishes for a home and is transported to the village in which Margarethe lives with her mother and brother, on leave from the army.
At the center of the film is the parallel wooing of Margarethe by Faust and Mephisto by Margarethe's Aunt Marthe.
Faust was Murnau's last German film, and provides a strong bridge to take him from the stylization of expressionism that informed his early films to the stylized realism of his work in America.
www.regenttheatre.com /events/faust.htm   (1222 words)

 Slant Magazine - Film Review: Faust
Rejected by the townspeople once the source of his miracles is revealed, Faust chooses pleasure and youth with Mephisto as his servant, the earth seeming to stretch before his eyes during a flight on an enchanted cloak.
Films from the German Expressionism era, from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to A Joyless Street and the Mabuse pictures, are famous for their fiercely stylized mise-en-scène, and to Murnau the medium's very artificiality provided the keys to locating its truths.
Branded a "harlot" after her romance with Faust, Gretchen wanders the icy streets with her dying baby; captured for accidentally killing the child, she cries for her lover, and her scream, its sound stunningly turned into an image with a superimposition of her face, travels the world till reaching Faust's ears.
www.slantmagazine.com /film/film_review.asp?ID=2342   (814 words)

 Silent Era : DVD : Faust (1926) Review
Faust is pious, but cannot call upon God successfully to lift the veil of death.
Faust cures some of the plague, but is outcast when he cannot bring himself to touch a crucifix.
Faust is the one who changes during the course of the film.
www.silentera.com /DVD/faustDVD.html   (1181 words)

With their huge budgets, it was never likely that the two films would recoup their costs and the lukewarm critical response that they both received on their initial release confirmed this (although both films, particularly Faust, performed well at the box-office in Germany, the US and elsewhere).
Faust's box-office performance was no doubt aided by its international cast which included the German Emil Jannings (the most readily identifiable German star world-wide at the time) as Mephisto and director Wilhelm Dieterle as Valentin, the Swedish Gösta Ekman as Faust, and the French Yvette Guilbert as Marthe (2).
Horn's performance is barely adequate and this is definitely one of the weaknesses of the film; however, her role as the quintessential German virgin, with long blonde plaited hair and clothed in a simple, full length peasant dress, gave her little room for improvisation.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/cteq/03/28/faust.html   (1532 words)

 German filmmaker created things of silent beauty - The Boston Globe
With "The Last Laugh," "Faust," and "Tartuffe," Murnau hitched his wagon to the star of Emil Jannings, the German film actor and a ham of Brobdingnagian proportions.
"Faust" casts Jannings as Satan -- which may have still been too small a role for the man -- and fills the screen with apocalyptic imagery that recalls the paintings of Brueghel and Bosch; the smaller-scale "Tartuffe" imbeds an abridged version of the Moliere farce in a surrounding story of modern greed and hypocrisy.
The film was initially a collaboration with famed documentarian Robert Flaherty ("Nanook of the North"), but the two didn't see eye to eye -- not hard to imagine -- and the final product owes more to the German's allegorical elegance than the American's "realistic" showmanship.
www.boston.com /news/globe/living/articles/2004/09/26/german_filmmaker_created_things_of_silent_beauty   (1195 words)

The legend was filmed under the title of Faust and Marguerite in 1900, 1904, and 1911.
Faust and the Lily was filmed in 1913.
Faust's love for Gretchen results in his renounciation of eternal youth and Satan, and he turns old again, joining Gretchen at the stake.
www.gildasattic.com /faust.html   (676 words)

 Classic Movies : presented by ClassicMovies.COM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
When Faust (Gosta Ekman) invokes Mephisto (Emil Jannings) to help him end the plague that devastates the country-side, Mephisto grants him magical powers; but they must be returned by nightfall or Faust will forfeit his soul.
Faust forgets and is taken by Mephisto to all the world's pleasure spots to experience vice in all its varieties.
He meets Marguerite and sires her child, but in her intense shame she murders the infant and goes willingly to be burned at the stake (the fate of an adulteress in medieval times).
www.classicmovies.com /cm/film_detail.asp?film_id=241   (213 words)

 Metroactive Movies | 'Faust'
The screening this weekend of Faust, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's 1926 silent classic, represents a convoluted convergence of unexpected partners, an "alignment of planets" as rare as it is serendipitous.
When the film is shown Saturday at the restored Golden State Theatre in downtown Monterey, and Sunday at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, it will be accompanied live by contrabassist Pietro Lusvardi's Italian ensemble Gatto Marte in the world premiere of a new score composed by Lusvardi.
Faust has a real medieval tone to it, made supernatural by images of the town under the giant shadow of Mephisto, a metaphor for the plague.
www.metroactive.com /papers/cruz/01.19.05/faust-0503.html   (765 words)

Faust (1926) both effectively use elements of the style to convey supernatural events.
She claimed that her interests on the films were purely "artistic considerations" and she was unaware of the Nazi political agenda even though there are several accounts to the contrary.
            Werner Herzog's films are obsessed with the mythic, the inexplicable and the unobtainable.
www.calstatela.edu /faculty/abloom/chris/germanfilm.htm   (1539 words)

 Faust Review | TVGuide.com
Faust's attempts to find a cure are unsuccessful and he loses his faith in God and science when his prayers go unanswered.
Faust returns to his hometown and falls for an innocent, young, religious girl named Gretchen (Camilla Horn), whom Mephisto puts under a spell to make her fall in love with Faust.
FAUST is an extremely stylish horror fantasy in the best tradition of German silent cinema, featuring brilliant photography, magnificent art direction, and magical special effects which still have the power to amaze.
www.tvguide.com /movies/faust/review/133433   (628 words)

 Faust   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau was a German film director born in 1888 and Died in 1931.
Faust was Murnau's last German film for after its production Murnau came to the United States and worked in the Hollywood Film Studio System.
Satan in Murnau's Faust is clearly evil for he is wearing all fl (not to mention he is even equipped with a tail).
www.uvm.edu /~dkukla/faust.html   (417 words)

He appeared in various German silent films and can be seen in "Lukrezia Borgia" and "Waxworks." He directed numerous German films, and in 1930 he emigrated to Hollywood and became a noted sound film director.
UFA, which was the major producer of German films during the silent era, came about during WWI when the German government became aware of the power of the motion picture when the United States flooded the world markets with anti-German films.
Author Georges Sadoul, in Dictionary Of Films, said, "The film regains a sense of style and grandeur in the climax, as Gretchen's face takes on the appearance of a medieval madonna and Faust mounts the stake because he feels responsible for her being condemned.
www.silentsaregolden.com /DeBartoloreviews/rdbfaust.html   (560 words)

 Ger 216 Lesson Two
Faust had sold his soul to the devil (personified by the figure of Mephistopheles in the back) in exchange for youth, knowledge, and magical power.
Spiess and Marlowe represent Faust as a scoundrel justly punished with eternal damnation, but Lessing instead saw in him the symbol of man's heroic striving for knowledge and power and therefore as worthy of praise and salvation.
Faust's love for Gretchen results in his renunciation of eternal youth and his nemesis Satan, and he turns old again, joining Gretchen at the stake.
www.uncg.edu /gar/courses/lixl/216/216Lesson2.htm   (3037 words)

 :: rogerebert.com :: Great Movies :: Faust (xhtml)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Faust (played young and old by Gosta Ekman) is seen as a bearded scholar, surrounded by his books, until the plague strikes the land.
The young Faust is led astray by the stirrings in his loins, and the function of Gretchen, I am afraid, is to be the innocent victim of his lust; she wanders through a blizzard with her innocent infant and burns at the stake, all because of her love for the unworthy Faust.
Elias Merhige's strange film "Shadow of the Vampire" (2000), where John Malkovich plays the director as a man whose star, Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe), is in fact a vampire.
rogerebert.suntimes.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050508/REVIEWS08/505080301   (1357 words)

 german films - Film Archive
In order to tempt the old Faust, Mephisto has the land visited by the plague; Faust asks the devil for advice when the dying people beseech the scholar to help as he receives no help from God despite all of his prayers.
Faust agrees to the pact and signs away his soul to the devil.
Faust hears of her impending fate, curses the eternal youth and sets off to ask Gretchen for forgiveness...
www.german-cinema.de /archive/film_view.php?film_id=274   (361 words)

 Film History of the 1920s
In 1926, his death came at the untimely age of 31, due to a perforated ulcer and peritonitis.
Faust was the film that gave Murnau a contract with Hollywood's Fox Studios.
This meant that the film had to be shot with three synchronized cameras, and then projected on a gigantic, 3-part screens.
www.filmsite.org /20sintro2.html   (1562 words)

 dOc DVD Review: Faust (1926)
One of the most enduring characters in all of literature is that of Faust, the alchemist who sells his soul to the devil for knowledge and power.
Perhaps the most interesting contribution of Murnau to the Faust legend is the notion of using the power of the devil, at least at the beginning, for the purpose of doing good.
This music is quite appropriate to the film throughout, and occasionally discordant in a manner that fits the 1920s origins of the movie.
www.digitallyobsessed.com /showreview.php3?ID=1183   (1294 words)

 Faust: Reviews, Discography, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com
Faust is a new composition on a movie 70 years older.
Therefore the music on Faust relies heavily on keyboards and samplers, along with acoustic and electronic percussion, and a pinch of cello.
On some superficial points, Faust is quite different from key albums such as Phase IV or Symphonie pour le Jour où Brûleront les Cités, but on a deeper compositional level (writing was split between founding members Gérard Hourbette and Thierry Zaboïtzeff) it can satisfy the fans and attract a few film buffs too.
www.music.com /release/faust/4   (402 words)

The down fall of the Expressionism movement was expense of final films, the departure of Expressionist directors to Hollywood and a changing cultural climate.
Each film concentrated on a few characters and explored a crisis in their lives in detail.
Kammerspiel films avoided the fantasy and legendary elements so common in Expressionism; these were films set in everyday, contemporary surroundings, and often covered a short span of time.
www.gpc.edu /~jriggs/film1301/notes7.htm   (961 words)

 DVD.net : Faust - DVD Review
Faust, an alchemist in a small town, is faced with a dilemma.
The dark, gloomy expressionist design of the film is the first thing you’ll notice here, and it is incredibly simple yet capable of serving both the location requirements and creating a strong sense of shadow and mystery befitting such a tale.
The DVD is as good as we have a right to expect from a film produced in 1926, and even though the commentary is the only extra on disc it is still something film devotees may wish to add to their catalogue.
www.dvd.net.au /review.cgi?review_id=2229   (1025 words)

 Faust | F.W. Murnau 1926
Though highly stylized, the film is unsettlingly realistic at times, especially during the execution of the unfortunate Gretchen.
Gosta Ekman is fine as the luckless Faust and Emil Jannings is brilliant as Mephisto, the embodiment of cunning and evil.
Black-and-white cinematography was redefined in Faust: this is a film shot in darkness and light.
www.celtoslavica.de /chiaroscuro/films/faust/faust.html   (1943 words)

This 1926 German Expressionist silent film, starring Emil Jannings, Gösta Ekman, and Camilla Horn, was Murnau’s last German film before emigrating to America, & considered by many to be his masterpiece..
Murnau’s Faust, in a brilliant new print made specially for the occasion by Kino Films, was premiered with my score, commissioned by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, at the Walter Reade Theater, on Oct 5th 2002 as part of the New York Film Festival.
In each of my silent film scores I have tried to create a contemporary score in my own style that forms a bridge across time to a work I admire from the past (as opposed to a traditional silent film score, or even a traditional film score).
www.phillipjohnston.com /faust.htm   (1308 words)

 New York State Writers Institute - Faust   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Faust is the old story of the devil's bargain, an allegory that can be found in several of Murnau's films.
Faust occurs in the medieval nowhereland that Murnau made his own in Nosferatu and much of Sunrise, a place of ancient, unreasoning fears.
Faust becomes a seer and saviour to his town, and the town becomes a party to his statntic agreement.
www.albany.edu /writers-inst/fnf05n7.html   (2053 words)

 Faust (1926)- Moria The Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Review
The film is filled with images that have an extraordinary visual potency – that of The Devil standing covering the town in his giant fl shadow as he infects it with the plague.
It is only during the latter half that the film slows down and and becomes involved in the weepy melodrama of Faust and Margarethe’s romance.
One of Murnau’s more indulgent parts is the lowbrow slapstick romp where Faust and Margarethe frolic in the garden while Mephisto seduces Margarethe’s aunt in the kitchen, a sequence underscored with Mephisto’s comically evident distaste at having to deal with the woman’s obviousness.
www.moria.co.nz /fantasy/faust26.htm   (615 words)

 The Missing Link reviews Faust (1926)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
While Faust persists frantically to find a cure for a plague that has descended on the village caused by none other than the Devil himself, Faust invokes the Devil and signs a pact with tall hatted Mephistopheles that will help him eradicate the disease.
Faust flees from the town when he kills Gretchen's brother Valentine in a duel, leaving her to be accused of the murder and sentenced to burn at the stake.
When Faust hears Gretchen's call for help he renounces his youth and his life for her, demanding that the Devil takes him through the air to the place of Gretchen's execution.
www.missinglinkclassichorror.co.uk /faust.htm   (507 words)

 F.W. Murnau FAUST vintage film still / Germany 1926
In the famous scene where Mephisto and the rejuvenated Faust fly through the air, the camera, placed on a roller coaster device, traveled over miles of miniature cities and country.
F.W. Murnau FAUST vintage film still / Germany
F.W. Murnau FAUST vintage film still / Germany 1926
www.goantiques.com /detail,murnau-faust-vintage,1328890.html   (287 words)

 Terrifying tale of Faust on big screen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Rockefeller Chapel continues its tradition of silent-movie screenings with a Halloween showing of Murnau's 1926 film, Faust, preceded by Koko's Earth Control, a cartoon short from 1928.
Organist Wolfgang Ruebsam will improvise an original score to accompany the films, which will be shown at 8 p.m.
Faust -- noted for its scenery and Murnau's successful experiments with light and movement -- is based on Goethe's terrifying tale of the dealings between Doctor Faust and Mephisto, the devil.
chronicle.uchicago.edu /971023/faust.shtml   (122 words)

The two took leave of Ufa with the film "Faust" (1926), just as fine a piece of work as Murnau’s previous effort, "Tartüff" (Tartuffe, 1925), co-starring Jannings, Werner Krauß and Lil Dagover.
Still standing from "Chronik von Grieshuus" (Chronicle of Grey House, directed by Arthur von Gerlach) is the castle courtyard with its enthralling romanticism and darkly gleaming moat, as well as the lonely heath house, overgrown with gorse, the village church and its decaying yard.
Another remnant from the same film is the city square with its large hotel, which looks like a skyscraper in the film but in reality is just four stories tall (a production secret!).
www.filmportal.de /df/92/Artikel,,,,,,,,EFA2BC2366FF6F84E03053D50B370377,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.html   (533 words)

 by Kevin Yip "Faust" (1926) Eureka R0 PAL vs. Kino R0 NTSC vs Divisa R0 PAL
Faust's tale is a classic one of a man who sells his soul to the devil.
Faust, unable to find a cure for the citizens who are dropping dead around him, renounces both God and science invoking the aid of Satan through a mysterious book that he chances across.
Using the nitrate duplicate negatives printed by UFA in 1926 (and an array of international sources) Murnau's favoured domestic German version of Faust has now been meticulously reconstructed by Luciano Berriatúa for Filmoteca Española from which this newly restored transfer is sourced.
www.dvdbeaver.com /film/DVDCompare/faust.htm   (1555 words)

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