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March 11, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Faust (Movie - 1926)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
106 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/31/26
performer
Gosta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard
director
F.W. Murnau
distributor
MGM
author
Johann Wolfgang Goethe
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Horror
We gave it an A

German director F.W. Murnau concocted two of the most visually intoxicating films of the silent era, Nosferatu and Sunrise. Now his third indisputable masterpiece, a morally thunderous adaptation of Goethe’s Faust, has gotten a ravishing face-lift for a two-disc set. If you’re a fan of silent films (or, frankly, even if you’re not), you’ll be knocked out cold by Murnau’s indelible images, haunting use of shadows, and trippy, dreamlike expressionist sets. EXTRAS include a longer version of the film originally shown in the U.S. and a wunderbar making-of doc. A

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