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Faust [Blu-ray] [1926]

  • SKU: 29433178
  • Release Date: 11/17/2015
  • Rating: NR

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    Special Features

    • Bonus DVD featuring the alternate 1930 cut of Faust. Original score by Timothy Brock, performed by the Olympia Chamber Orchestra
    • Orchestral score by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, compiled from historic photoplay music
    • Piano score by Javier Pérez de Azpeitia, adapted from the 1926 orchestral arrangement by Paul Hensel
    • Test footage of Ernst Lubitsch's abandoned production Marguerite and Faust, preserved by the Library of Congress
    • The Language of Shadows: Faust, a 53-minute documentary by Luciano Berriatúa on the making and restoration of Murnau's film


    Faust was the mammoth German production which won F. W. Murnau his contract with Hollywood's Fox Studios. Emil Jannings glowers his way through the role of Mephistopholes, who offers the aging Faust (Gosta Eckman) an opportunity to relive his youth, the price being Faust's soul. Though highly stylized, the film is unsettlingly realistic at times, especially during the execution of the unfortunate Gretchen. Even in old age, actress Camilla Horn could recall how close she came to genuine immolation when Murnau burned her at the stake. An American version of Faust had been planned earlier as a Mary Pickford vehicle, but Pickford's mother wanted no part of a film in which her darling daughter strangled her own baby. The scenario for Faust touches lightly upon the previous retellings by Goethe and Marlowe, but is more heavily reliant on the paintings of Pietr Breughel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Gösta Ekman
      Gösta Ekman - Faust
    • Emil Jannings
      Emil Jannings - Mephisto
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      Camilla Horn - Marguerite
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      Werner Fuetterer - Archangel
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      Frida Richard - Mother

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      Classic of the German Silent Cinema

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      This 1926 silent film unites Goethe's classic tale of Faust and the skills of the classic expressionist director of early German films, F. W. Murnau. Some of the images in this film, such as the devil looming over the village as his shadow seems to consume the town, are powerful -- even accounting for the fact that the special effects are primitive by today's standards. Murnau (best known for Nosferatu [1922] and Sunrise [1927]) was one of the most creative of the early directors and his skills are in full flower in this film. This is a treat!

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