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FAUST - A GERMAN FOLK TALE (FAUST - EINE DEUTSCHE VOLKSSAGE)

FAUST - A GERMAN FOLK TALE

Based on elements of the Goethe classic, Faust tells the story of the scholar of the same name, who is led into temptation by Mephisto. Mephisto had maintained in an argument with the archangel Gabriel that he could bring every human from following the path of God. In order to tempt the old Faust, Mephisto has the land visited by the plague; Faust asks the devil for advice when the dying people beseech the scholar to help as he receives no help from God despite all of his prayers. In order to win him over, Mephisto promises Faust eternal youth and all the treasures of this world. Faust agrees to the pact and signs away his soul to the devil. From now on, Mephisto must fulfil his every wish. When Mephisto and Faust return to the latter's home town one day, Faust falls in love with the innocent and pure Gretchen. He climbs into Gretchen's room to seduce her. Gretchen's mother discovers Faust with her daughter and dies of the shame. Gretchen, who is then treated like an outcast by her community, gives birth all alone in the winter. When the child dies in the cold, she is condemned to death at the stake. Faust hears of her impending fate, curses the eternal youth and sets off to ask Gretchen for forgiveness...


Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau was born Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe in Bielefeld on 28 December 1888. He studied Philology in Berlin and History of Art and Literature in Heidelberg, and then broke off his studies to attend the Max Reinhardt Drama School and became a regular member of the ensemble from 1913. He directed such films as Nosferatu (1922), The Last Laugh (Der letzte Mann, 1924), Faust - A German Folk Tale (Faust - eine deutsche Volkssage, 1925/126) and Tartueff (1926), among others. In 1925, he received a four-year contract from Hollywood and made the masterpiece Sunrise (1927) before severing his contract to make Tabu in the South Seas. He was killed in a car accident a week before Tabu's premiere in 1931.
Genre Literature
Category Feature
Year of Production 1925
Director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Screenplay Hans Kyser
Cinematography Carl Hoffmann
Cast Eric Barclay, Yvette Guilbert, Wilhelm Dieterle, Frida Richard, Camilla Horn, Goesta Ekmann, Emil Jannings, Hanna Ralph
Producer Erich Pommer
Production Company Universum-Film (Ufa)/Berlin
Length 119 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 silent
Intertitled Versions German
Festivals Zlín 2015
German Distributor Transit Film/Munich

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