Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

Director: Nevill Coghill Cast: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Andreas Teuber
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Doctor Faustus

Richard Burton co-directed and co-starred (along with his then-wife Elizabeth Taylor) in this screen adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's play about a man who makes a deal with the devil for possession of his soul. Doctor Faustus has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English, French, and Korean. No bonus material has been included with this edition.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2004
UPC: 0043396008618
Original Release: 1967
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 1:32:00

Special Features

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Burton Dr. Faustus
Elizabeth Taylor Helen of Troy
Andreas Teuber Mephistopheles
Ian Marter Emperor
Elizabeth O'Donovan Empress
Hugh Williams Scholar
David McIntosh Lucifer
Jeremy Eccles Beelzebub
Ram Chopra Valdes
Richard Heffer First Scholar
Ambrose Coghill Professor/Avarice
Richard Harrison Fourth Professor
Nevill Coghill Professor
Michael Menaugh Good Angel
Bridget Coghill Gluttony
Jacqueline Harvey Dancers
Richard Canvardine Cornelius
Renzo Pevarello Wrath
Mario Nascimbene Conductor

Technical Credits
Richard Burton Director,Producer
Nevill Coghill Director,Screenwriter
John De Cuir Production Designer
Peter Hall Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Harman Special Effects
Jacqueline Harvey Choreography
Boris Juraga Art Director
Augie Lohman Special Effects
Richard McWhorter Producer
Mario Nascimbene Score Composer
Gabor Pogany Cinematographer
John Shirley Editor
Dario Simoni Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [2:40]
2. Doctor Faustus [3:05]
3. The Reward of Sin is Death [1:21]
4. Necromantic Books [2:14]
5. "Go Forward, Faustus" [2:23]
6. Valdes & Cornelius [5:02]
7. Conjuring Alone [2:38]
8. Mephistopheles [4:51]
9. "Trust in Belzebub" [2:00]
10. Bequeathing His Soul [5:49]
11. The Conditions [1:07]
12. "Hell Hath no Limits" [2:18]
13. The Fairest Maidens in Germany [2:12]
14. "Thou Art Damned" [4:23]
15. Lucifer [2:29]
16. Lechery [1:09]
17. Avarice [2:15]
18. Pride, Wrath & Envy [2:58]
19. Alexander & His Paramour [4:36]
20. The Knight [5:19]
21. The Pope's Privy Council [6:33]
22. A Man Condemned to Die [1:58]
23. Helen [3:47]
24. "Thou Traitor, Faustus" [1:31]
25. His Heart's Desire [2:54]
26. Grown Into Some Sickness [5:46]
27. Faustus Repents [3:45]
28. Gone to Hell [5:02]

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Doctor Faustus 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amateur supporting cast is right! Compared to Burton who does everything short of chewing on the set, the supporting cast is wooden, lifeless, and boring. Almost all traces of the Elizabethan low-comedy slapstick scenes have been removed (save one- the 'raspberry' scene in the Pope's dining room) and it makes what is left of the story sound ponderous. The special effects that were probably acceptable on stage look flat and unreal such as the flickering lighting on a skull and a statue that replace the Evil and Good angels in Faustus' study. There are Seven deadly sins- where are the other two??? What should be a spectacular scene where Lucifer makes a cameo appearance to stop Faustus from calling upon God is filmed through vaseline so the scene is dark and out-of-focus, lessening it's impact. Taylor, her 1960s glitter eye shadow and overdeveloped chest always prominently displayed probably had a lot of fun (as did Burton) but the fact that this was a 'vanity production' cannot be concealed. A real disappointment.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This for me is the definitive 'Dr Faustus.' It is hardly noticeably abbreviated from the Marlowe text. There is a slight addition of the best lines from 'The Jew of Malta,' (''infinite riches in a little room''). Burton is quite magical as Faustus, and Andreas Truber makes a brilliant Mephistophiles. The stills of the two together, are justifiably famous. Elizabeth Taylor is pretty good too! The music is both good and memorable, although like all film scores, repetitive. I highly recommend it. If you are captivated by the Marlowe play, as I was, it is pretty compulsory.