La Beauté du Diable

Overview

La Beaute du Diable came into being when French filmmaker Rene Clair became fascinated with a structural defect in the "Faust" legend. Clair felt that the beginning and end of the story was perfect, but the middle section, wherein the title character blasphemes the Pope, was "silly." The director also wondered what would happen if, instead of forcing Faust to sign his soul away in exchange for happiness and knowledge, the Devil were to ask for nothing, and simply assume that Faust would sign the contract at a ...
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Overview

La Beaute du Diable came into being when French filmmaker Rene Clair became fascinated with a structural defect in the "Faust" legend. Clair felt that the beginning and end of the story was perfect, but the middle section, wherein the title character blasphemes the Pope, was "silly." The director also wondered what would happen if, instead of forcing Faust to sign his soul away in exchange for happiness and knowledge, the Devil were to ask for nothing, and simply assume that Faust would sign the contract at a later date. As played by Michel Simon, Clair's devil -- or Mephisto --is actually quite a likeable fellow. In fact, he's more fun to be around than the somewhat ethereal Faust of Gerard Philipe. In establishing the "reality" of his fantasy, Clair utilizes several adroit camera tricks to get the audience to swallow the tale. Nicole Besnard co-stars as Marguerite, the vessel of Faust's ultimate redemption.
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Special Features

2010 documentary featurette; Original French trailer; Theatrical re-release trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2013
  • UPC: 741952760399
  • Original Release: 1950
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  • Source: Cohen Media Group
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,645

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michel Simon Faust as an old man; Mephistopheses
Gérard Philipe Young Henri Faust
Nicole Besnard Marguerite
Simone Valere The Princess
Gaston Modot Gypsy
Raymond Cordy Antoine
Tullio Carminatti Diplomat
Carlo Ninchi The Prince
Paolo Stoppa Official
Technical Credits
René Clair Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Léon Barsacq Production Designer
James Cuenet Editor
Michel Kelber Cinematographer
Franco Lolli Art Director
Mayo Costumes/Costume Designer
Armand Salacrou Screenwriter
Gianni Di Venanzo Cinematographer
Roman Vlad Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Beauty of the Devil
1. The Honorable Professor Faust
2. Temptation
3. A Toast to Youth
4. Young Love
5. Summoned by the Prince
6. Hardship
7. The New Laboratory
8. Walking Alone
9. Time Runs Out
10. The Apocalypse
11. The Pact
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Beauty of the Devil
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   Chapters
   Extras
      Through the Looking Glass with René Clair: Master of the Fantastic - A Film by Pierre-Henri Gibert
      Original French Trailer
      2013 Theatrical Re-Release Trailer
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