Doktor Faustus

Doktor Faustus

Director: Franz Seitz

Cast: Franz Seitz, Jon Finch, Hanns Zischler, Marie-Helene Breillat

     
 
Doktor Faustus was adapted from Thomas Mann's epic novel of the same name about a composer, Adrian Leverkuehn (Jon Finch), who sells his soul to the devil for the acquisition of genius in his lifetime. Leverkuehn intentionally contracts syphilis from an infected prostitute because he believes that a side-effect of the disease is intense, sustained creativity;

Overview

Doktor Faustus was adapted from Thomas Mann's epic novel of the same name about a composer, Adrian Leverkuehn (Jon Finch), who sells his soul to the devil for the acquisition of genius in his lifetime. Leverkuehn intentionally contracts syphilis from an infected prostitute because he believes that a side-effect of the disease is intense, sustained creativity; no matter that death from syphilis as it enters the brain is extremely unpleasant -- the composer wants his moment of greatness. That is where Satan comes into the picture, and Leverkuehn agrees to Satan's terms in exchange for creative genius: he is not to have any close human contacts. Being only too human, the composer violates the terms only to see his two closest friends, a cellist and his little nephew, die as a consequence. At this point, after extensive philosophizing and rumination, the Satanic deal just does not have the same allure, and Leverkuehn's own life is quickly deteriorating, much faster than he can handle.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/2010
UPC:
0741952642695
Original Release:
1982
Source:
Koch Vision
Time:
2:57:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jon Finch Adrian Leverkuehn
Hanns Zischler Dr.Serenus Zeitblom
Marie-Helene Breillat Marie Godeau
Andre Heller Dr. Eberhard Schleppfuss/Satan
Balduin Baas Actor
Toni Berger Actor
Gaby Dohm Actor
Gudrun Gabriel Actor
Felix Mitterer Actor
Gerhard Polt Actor
Siemen Ruhaack Actor
Veronika Fitz Actor
Margot Hielscher Actor
Hans Korte Actor
Heinz Weiss Actor

Technical Credits
Franz Seitz Director,Screenwriter
Rudolf Blahacek Cinematographer
Benjamin Britten Score Composer
Peter Pabst Costumes/Costume Designer
Rolf Wilhelm Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Thomas Mann's Doktor Faustus
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