Faust [DVD] [1926]

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Special Features

  • New musical score by the mont alto motion picture orchestra in 5.1 stereo surround or 2.0 stereo
  • Additional piano scoreby Perez De Azpeitia, adapted from the original 1926 orchestral arrangment
  • "The Language of Shadow: Faust," a 53 minute documentary on the making of Murnau's film
  • The lost screen test footage of Ernst Lubitsch's abandoned 1923 production Margeurite and Faust
  • Set designs by Robert Herlth
  • Photo gallery
  • Notes on the mont alto score
  • Essay by film historian Jan Christopher Horak


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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