Faust

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The groundbreaking German director F.W. Murnau turned his unique eye to the famous Faust story in 1926. This disc from Kino presents that classic horror film. The DVD offers a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither closed captions nor subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include rare production stills and an essay from film historian Jan Christopher Horak. This is a ...
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Overview

The groundbreaking German director F.W. Murnau turned his unique eye to the famous Faust story in 1926. This disc from Kino presents that classic horror film. The DVD offers a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither closed captions nor subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include rare production stills and an essay from film historian Jan Christopher Horak. This is a superb disc, especially for anyone interested in the golden age of silent filmmaking.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered from 35 mm archive materials; Digital stereo orchestral score; "UFA Studios 1925: The Making of Faust" [ a gallery of rare production stills]; Essay by film historian Jan Christopher Horak
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Editorial Reviews

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F. W. Murnau's Faust 1926 has long lingered in the shadow of Nosferatu, his unauthorized Dracula adaptation. Although it's no masterpiece, there are riveting moments galore. It kicks off with a breathtaking opening, using light metaphorically to depict an argument between the Devil Emil Jannings and an angel, punctuating the frame with extremes of brightness and darkness. Driven to despair, Faust Gösta Ekman makes a deal with the devil to save his town, in which half the inhabitants have died of plague in just a few days. Faust is a film of great set pieces -- the opening; Gretchen Camilla Horn agonizing in abandonment amid winter snowdrifts; a flight taken by Faust and Mephisto -- but not a great film. Murnau emphasizes imagery over storytelling, leading to some jarring tonal shifts. The middle section, devoted to Faust's courtship of Gretchen, is almost lighthearted, injecting a comic element that seems wildly inappropriate here, although it might work in a different context. Faust is at its best in moody, mystical mode. Frequently the film draws on its own roots as a folktale as much as on Goethe's version. Even if its spell wavers, Faust bedazzles often enough to make the movie a memorable experience. -- Steve Erickson
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
While not as well known today as Nosferatu or The Last Laugh, Faust is perhaps director F.W. Murnau's masterpiece; few films by any director can match it for the sweeping impact and beauty of its visuals or the power of its storytelling. Murnau approaches Goethe's tragedy of a man who learns all too well the price of his soul with appropriately broad dramatic strokes, and if the effect seems a bit over the top in the early reels, it hits with full melodramatic force at the end; the full, horrible impact of Faust's comeuppance is as disturbing today as it was in 1926. Gosta Ekman is fine as the luckless Faust and Emil Jannings is brilliant as Mephisto, the embodiment of cunning and evil. And the camerawork by Carl Hoffman and production design by Robert Herlith and Walter Rohrig are nothing short of astounding, creating a brilliantly controlled and beautifully painterly visual sense that's the ideal backdrop for this fable. Anyone who thinks of silent films as sluggish and amateurish has obviously never seen Faust; the home video release on Kino compliments the film's striking visuals with a superb original score by the American composer Timothy Brock that's worthy of attention on its own merits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2001
  • UPC: 738329020729
  • Original Release: 1926
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: Deutsche
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 54,712

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gösta Ekman Faust
Emil Jannings Mephisto
Camilla Horn Marguerite
Werner Fuetterer Archangel
Frida Richard Mother
William Dieterle Valentin
Yvette Guilbert Marthe
Eric Barclay Duke of Parma
Hanna Ralph Duchess of Parma
Hans Brausewetter Farmboy
Hans Rameau
Hertha Von Walther
Technical Credits
F.W. Murnau Director
Timothy Brock Score Composer
Robert Herlth Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Werner Richard Heymann Score Composer
Carl Hoffmann Cinematographer
Erich Pommer Producer
Walter Röhrig Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
David Shepard Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Opening Titles [:57]
2. A Wager [4:40]
3. Faust Vs. The Plague [7:28]
4. "all Is Vanity" [5:54]
5. Pact With The Devil! [10:52]
6. The Lure Of Youth [7:21]
7. Journey Through The Clouds [5:13]
8. The Duchess Of Parma [6:48]
9. "an Innocent Little Girl..." [8:10]
10. The Golden Chain [7:31]
11. Visiting Frau Marthe [7:32]
12. Chases Of Love [9:29]
13. "cursed Matchmaker!" [7:16]
14. Grethen In Ruins [8:15]
15. A Child In Winter [6:02]
16. Faust To The Rescue [5:40]
17. ."..forgive Me My Sin!" [4:28]
18. One Word [1:47]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Start Feature
   Photo Gallery
   Kino Website
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