Faust (Restored Version)

Newly restored. Inspired by the German legend and by Goethe's classic tale, Murnau's Faust tells the story of an alchemist (played by Gosta Ekman) who, struggling with his... Read more

Faust (Restored Version)

Directed by F. W. Murnau

Year: 1926
Running Time: 106
Color Type: B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: Germany
Language: Silent with English intertitles
Genres: Silent
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Faust (Restored Version)

Cast
Emil Jannings
William Dieterle
Gosta Ekman
Camilla Horn

Crew
Writer Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Directed by F. W. Murnau


Mobilizing the full resources of the Ufa Studios, F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu, Sunrise) orchestrated a colossal adaptation of Goethe's FAUST that ranks alongside Fritz Lang's Metropolis as the greatest achievement of the German silent cinema.

Gösta Ekman stars as the titular alchemist who, struggling with his faith amidst a devastating plague, is offered the power to cure and the gift of youth...in exchange for his soul.  As the diabolical Mephisto, Emil Jannings (The Last Laugh) delivers a performance of operatic scale and intensity, by turns charming, comical, and horrific.

This special Kino edition contains the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation’s meticulous restoration of the original German version of the film (with unique hand-painted intertitles), as well as a lengthier alternate cut prepared by the Ufa Studios in 1930.

Reviews

"One of the most astonishing visual experiences the silent film has to offer." - Dave Kehr, The New York Times

"Murnau extracts the essence of Goethe’s poetic masterwork through the strength of his images...Such astonishingly vast visual conceits as the Devil covering a town with his wings and spewing gas to spread the plague, or the final transfiguration of the martyred lovers, suggest an artistic imagination that isn’t merely adaptive but even rivals Goethe’s own." -Richard Brody, The New Yorker



Awards

  • Official Selection New York Film Festival

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