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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually, the music is important folks!, 29 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Faust - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1926] (DVD)
Yes, this is a great film, and yes this release of the domestic version is enormously welcome, but who was it that adapted the Timothy Brock music score to fit the domestic version? It was clearly written to fit the export version, and watching the domestic version on disc one is in many places the equivalent of watching the very worst lip-synching. That is because, unfortunately, Brock's score follows the action closely. Watch the export version and listen to the dramatic timpani strokes at the death of Valentin (Gretchen's brother). Now watch the domestic version and listen to the feeble, inappropriate, anempathetic music. Or, try watching Gretchen in her death cell as she suddenly believes her baby is alive and she is able to rock it gently in her arms. Brilliant in the export version, but completely out of rhythm with the music in the domestic version. How on earth could anyone mess up like this, given the care taken in restoring this film? I have to say the problems do not lie everywhere, but they happen too often, and detract from the wonders of this recently discovered domestic version of this film. Without a doubt this version is in sharper focus, more tightly edited, and a better film that the export version, but somebody with a donkey's ears has soured its effect. As a consequence, it is the export version on these discs that will prove the more emotional experience for anyone with musical sesitivity. So, if you want to enjoy the domestic version you'll either need to opt for the piercingly irritating harp score that is offered as an alternative, or shut off the sound completely.
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Initial post: 13 Apr 2012 12:21:04 BDT
Thank you. I was happy to see that MoC had used the Brock score for the domestic version, as I miss it in the Kino DVD of that version; but I had wondered if the score had been performed anew to reflect the different pace of the domestic version or simply adapted. A pity they did not have Brock adapt the score himself and record it anew, as I quite enjoy what it added to the export version of this film.
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