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Faust [DVD]

Johannes Zeiler , Anton Adasinsky , Alexander Sokurov    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinsky, Isolda Dychauk
  • Directors: Alexander Sokurov
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007XV2JUI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,277 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Aleksandr Sokurov directs this German-language adaptation of the classic tale about a man who sells his soul to the Devil. The story, woven into the fabric of Western culture thanks to the influential theatrical adaptations by playwrights Christopher Marlowe and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, follows a scientist, Faust (Johannes Zeiler), in search of knowledge. However, while in Goethe's version Faust is in search of the secrets of the universe, Sokurov's scientist has far more base motives. Obsessed with the beautiful Margarete (Isolda Dychauk), Faust makes a deal with the Devil's representative on Earth, the Moneylender (Anton Adasinsky), to gain the secrets that will win Margarete's heart, but what price will the Moneylender extract in return?

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Russian screenwriter and director Alexander Sokurov's fifteenth feature film tells the story of scholar Heinrich Faust, a man with a great hunger for knowledge. Heinrich is not pleased with his mundane life, but when allured by Mephistopheles he becomes enchanted by a woman named Margarete. This wandering, philosophical and in-depth study of character about a man who makes a life-altering compromise for the sake of knowledge, is significantly reinforced by the marvelous use of light and the engaging acting performances by Austrian actor Johannes Zeiler, Russian actor Anton Adasinskiy and the understated acting performance by Russian actress Isolda Dychauk in her second feature film role SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Venice Film Festival, ...Faust (2011)

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 8 Aug 2012
By Stephen
Format:DVD
I would completely ignore the one star review. It was obviously lost on them. This is a highly entertaining, beautifully shot, and at times deeply disturbing interpretation of Goethe's Faust. Much of the film focuses on Mephistopheles' subtle manipulation of Faust's human, all too human, weaknesses. The pace of the film is pitch perfect, and the imagery beautiful. All the performances are strong, but Anton Adasinsky's standout turn as Mephistopheles is particularly deserving of praise. Sokurov employs a masterful array of shots, and a clever use of lens distortion, reflecting Faust's disorientating and inexorable fall. You may find that many of the film's arresting images will resurface during the witching time of night.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Sokurov's best 18 Dec 2012
Format:DVD
Excellent! Just one small secret: most probably you won't appreciate it fully after your first viewing.Be patient.When watching it next time,listen carefully to all the dialogues.You may have missed something important last time! For one thing Darren Aronofsky was right - it may become a life changing experience ("it's not about good vs evil, because there is no good left in this world"). It's deep, deep, deep...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prof Mephistopheles I presume 16 Oct 2012
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Angst ridden, beautifully detailed and rendered German film about the seminal myth, founded upon selling out the soul to the deville, and detailing the troubles which arise from the formal exchange.

Beautifully composed, replete with allegorical poetic symbolism rippling throughout, the film is a shaken mixture between the "Hourglass Sanatorium" and Tarkovsky's dreamworld with a dash of Haneke's "The Castle"; a type of left field wander through the layers of the mind into the interior.

If you have the patience, fortitude, intelligence and imagination to work your way through the cinema of the soul, then this will lead you around a philosophical labyrinth and then drop you off, onto a barren desolate world of an uninhabited interior.

Shot in an experimental exploratory style, set in a medieval city, but depicting life during the 1800's, it is a filmic treat of exploration.

A surreal journey into desires, dreams, wants and how it matches against reality. German with English subtitles, it is also a brilliant way to spreche sie deutsche, as the pronunciations bring the language back to the memory banks.

Look within the allegories, metaphors and myths to understand this film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It was something new to me 9 Oct 2012
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I bought this film because it won the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival (2011). The film was difficult. I mean it required a lot of attention and focus from the viewer especially with the added difficulty of reading the subtitles before they disappear. Though I am used to watching subtitled films, I found this one a bit challenging because the subtitles would disappear so quickly, and sometimes I had to rewind or pause the film in order to take in the dialogue. I think if the subtitles' pace was a bit slower and the font a bit larger, watching the film would have been a much easier and pleasant experience.

I think I made a mistake by watching the film without first reading Goethe's Faust and Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus. My background of the Faust legend was not sufficient to truly appreciate the film in its entirety. I really recommend those who want to watch this film to read more about Faust. At least, you should have some background information on the topic from the Internet; Wikipedia for example. What I am going to do now is to read Goethe's Faust and watch another Faust film directed by the F.W. Murnau in 1926.

The silver lining of this film is that it introduced me to this legend and made me curious to read and learn more about it and that's why I do not feel bad after watching this somewhat challenging film.

Watching this film reminded me of other directors such as Andrei Tarkovsky (Stalker), and Wojciech Jerzy Has (The Hour-Glass Sanatorium). If you have already watched for any of these directors and liked their films, then you are very likely to love this one, too.

The directing, acting, the cinematography, the setting, the costumes were all great and evocative of the era in which this story took place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sokurov 20 April 2013
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the sublime filtering in sokurovs visions sounds and rhythms... it is as always a world within itself... directors such as andrei tarkovsky, bela tarr, theo angelopoulos have similar paths and capacity... for those who enjoy a slow hypnotic pace with less cuts and more a sense of 'space in time...' as always check the rest of his catalogue from his international breakthrough success with 'russian ark' and its dark whimsy to others such as 'mother and son' and 'father and son' explore
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From German into Russian 18 Jan 2013
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This is an astounding picture, Goethe and one of the main western myths seen through the prism of the Russian soul,

The camera dances dazzingly, the actors (magnificent !) dance, nothing stands still, it is

like a magic ballet full of fierce creative freedom. Bravo, Sokurov, whose previous pictures did not

impress me that much.
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