Faust

Faust

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Cast: Jan Svankmajer, Petr Cepek, Viktorie Knotkova, Jan Kraus

     
 

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Jan Svankmajer's visionary adaptation of Goethe's classic fable gets a modest presentation on DVD. Faust has been given a full-frame transfer at the aspect ratio of 1.33:1, while the audio, dubbed into English, has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. No bonus features or language options have been included.See more details below

Overview

Jan Svankmajer's visionary adaptation of Goethe's classic fable gets a modest presentation on DVD. Faust has been given a full-frame transfer at the aspect ratio of 1.33:1, while the audio, dubbed into English, has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. No bonus features or language options have been included.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Jan Svankmajer's reinterpretation of Faust won't please purists and will confuse and annoy many others. For those tuned in to this uniquely gifted filmmaker's wave, however, Lekce Faust will be a thrillingly disturbing joyride into nihilism. As usual with Svankmajer, the visual is paramount; while he employs a considerable amount of dialogue, the film achieves its greatest power from the director's bizarre clay animation and puppetry designs. As in Conspirators of Pleasure, however, Svankmajer also makes greater use of location settings, including a stunning and frightening vista of rocks atop which Faust finds himself while summoning the devil. (That summoning sequence is itself a visual feast, full of shifting, unsettling images that draw their power from their very oddness). Svankmajer also does a marvelous job of finding the evil horror in the everyday; the minions that initially lure Faust to his encounters with Mephistopheles are both ridiculously common and frightening. The narrative, while willfully obscure in places, is one that is obviously very clear to Svankmajer, and that assurance is felt throughout the film. Faust is not without its flaws; some will find it too slow, others will find it entirely hollow. But even those who do not share Svankmajer's sensibility should be struck by its visual power.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
UPC:
0738329012229
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
1:37:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Petr Cepek Faust
Viktorie Knotkova Actor
Jan Kraus Actor
Vladimir Kudla Actor
Andrew Sachs [English version]
Jiri Suchy Actor

Technical Credits
Jan Svankmajer Director,Production Designer,Screenwriter
Karl Baumgartner Executive Producer
Jirina Bisingerova Makeup
Ruzena Blahova Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Brett Editor
Vaclav Frank Makeup
Bedrich Glaser Animator
Keith Griffiths Executive Producer
Michael Havas Executive Producer
Jaromir Kallista Producer
Svatopluk Maly Cinematographer
Hengameh Panahi Executive Producer
Colin Rose Executive Producer
Ivo Spalj Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer
Eva Svankmajerova Production Designer
Daria Vobornikova Choreography
Marie Zemanova Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [:46]
2. Map for a Lonely Man [9:22]
3. Becoming Faust [9:27]
4. Baby and the Marionettes [9:58]
5. Mephistopheles is Summoned [12:03]
6. No Mercy for the Devil [6:54]
7. Old Man Carrying Severed Leg [5:19]
8. Ballet and Opera [5:14]
9. Sign It With Blood [6:19]
10. The King of Portugal [10:14]
11. Chasing Helen [7:43]
12. The Deal Is Done [8:44]

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