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A.k.a.
Faust
Year
1926
Runtime
107 min.
Director
F.W. Murnau
Genres
Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Rating *
8.1
Votes *
9,710
Checks
3,854
Favs
405
Dislikes
20
Favs/checks
10.5% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
20:1
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  1. KPND's avatar

    KPND

    I liked it a lot, but the love-dovey chasing-around stuff in the middle drags on too much. 7 years 11 months ago
  2. TheMajor's avatar

    TheMajor

    What a visual delight. Just watched this for a second time. Still blown away by the visuals. And the story-telling is there, too. The cinematography and special effects are so damn beautiful. Why is it so incredibly beautiful? It's too darn beautiful. Why did Murnau die? Shouldn't he sign a pact with the devil and get a second youth? How can a piece of film be this beautiful? It's so pretty. A feast to the eye, a pleasurable sight. 8 years 9 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Nosferatu be damned, every other Murnau film I've seen, like Sunrise, and now Faust, I've liked better! His adaptation of Goethe's master work (which did exist as a folk tale before then) is nothing short of epic, and from the start, the visuals are spectacular and don't let up. Using double exposure, vast miniature sets, and all sorts of other camera trickery (I can't figure it all out, like the contract writing itself, wow), Murnau creates the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a giant Mephisto sending a plague down to Faust's town, unseasonable snow storms, heaven and hell... there's no stopping him from bringing his vision to life. There's a slight dip in the middle when the Devil seems to fall for a witch (that tracks) and he has to arrange for Faust to get the girl as per their deal for his soul, but perhaps the levity helps make the bleak climax more shocking, though the story is really about forgiveness in the end and not so bleak after all. Emil Jannings makes a fearsome, monstrous devil, so it's perhaps prophetic that he would go on to be a high-profile Nazi. If that gives you an extra chill watching Faust, it may be for the good. 1 year 6 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #7 in IMDb's Horror Top 50
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  7. This movie ranks #39 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
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  10. This movie ranks #63 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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  11. This movie ranks #118 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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  12. This movie ranks #271 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
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