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In collaboration with the screenwriter Hans Kyser, Murnau fused Faust's script from German folk legend and the works of Goethe, Gounod, and Marlowe (particularly using the latter's tone). Faust's tale is a classic one of a man who sells his soul to the devil. In an attempt to gain control of the Earth, Mephisto (Emil Jannings) wagers an angel (Werner Fuetterer) that he can corrupt the soul of the elderly professor Faust (Gosta Ekman). As the Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride demonically through the sky, Mephisto towers over Faust's hometown unleashing a plague that spreads amongst its inhabitants. Faust, unable to find a cure for the citizens who are dropping dead around him, renounces both God and science invoking the aid of Satan through a mysterious book that he chances across.
On the DVD: Often seen in ragged, incomplete prints projected at the wrong speed, this is a decently restored version, running a full 115 minutes with a complete orchestral score. The original materials show some of the damage to be expected in a film of its vintage, but the transfer is excellent, displaying the imaginative art direction and camerawork to superb advantage. Aside from a nicely eerie menu, the sole extra is a full-length commentary originating in Australia: written by historian Peter Spooner but read by narrator Russell Cawthorne (who mispronounces the odd name). This provides an interesting wealth of background detail, such as Murnau's attempt to cast Hollywood's Lillian Gish as Gretchen, and delivers a balanced assessment of the film itself. --Kim Newman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Another "reference-level" release by Eureka! (Masters of Cinema). The Blu-ray have a wonderful video, sharp and brilliant, with a detailed black and white both in daylight... Read morePublished 3 months ago by mario tedeschi turco
Faust isn't just a legendary piece of literature, it's surpassed that to become one of "the 9 story types found in cinema". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rob Simpson
This is one of my new favourite films. I may be a sucker for look and feel over purpose on this occassion, but it's so well done, and such an influential film that I'm happy to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by AP
LANG'S AND MURNAU'S WORKS SHOULD BE ALL RELEASED IN HOME VIDEO. I DON'T CARE IF THEY'RE IN BLURAY OR DVD FORMAT, BECAUSE THESE WORKS HAVE ALREADY BEEN TEXTBOOK FOR FILM INDUSTRY... Read morePublished 10 months ago by HAN XIAO
Great product. this edition is awsome and finally e can see Murnau's original version of this movie. A piece of cinema's history has re-birth.Published 16 months ago by Drone89
Murnau's Faust stands alongside his other works from the twenties and takes us on the greatest flights of fantasy, perhaps, as befits the subject. Read morePublished 19 months ago by schumann_bg
Arrived on time and at a fair price... Murnau no auteur, but a fine film maker, and parts of Faust are excellent; none of it bad.Published 19 months ago by Rufus Yells
Bought this as a gift for my father,as he loves the old Nosferato silent film.He also has a passion for photography and music so am sure he'll love it.Published 21 months ago by DEBS
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