Faust (Murnau) (Masters of Cinema) DVD
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Directed by F.W. Murnau
Produced in 1926
Main Language - SILENT
Murnau's version of the Faust legend was incredibly the cinema's 26th shot at the story, and the director extends his art with epic scene following magnificent epic scene. The film stands at the pinnacle of the silent era, with its barrage of visceral imagery contrasting with the simplicity and directness of its spiritual theme. It features Emil Jannings as truly horrendous Mephistopheles, Gosta Ekman as a somewhat feeble Faust and a young heroine to wrench our hearts.
Publisher: Eureka / Masters of Cinema
Length: 110 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Format: DVD B&W
Released: 24th June 2006
Cat No: EKA40210
- 2 discs
- Newly found domestic German print featuring completely different takes and much better resolution than the previously seen export print released outside of Germany
- Progressively encoded transfer, with original German intertitles
- Full-length audio commentary by critics David Ehrenstein and Bill Krohn
- Tony Rayns on Faust - a 20-minute video piece
- Faust: The different versions - a 20-minute video comparison by R. Dixon Smith
- Improved optional English subtitles
- Production stills and promotional art gallery
- 28-page booklet with a new essay by Peter Spooner, and archive reprints.
by Anon on 14th January 2005
This highly impressive special edition of one of the classics of European cinema was made possible by a newly-found domestic German print of Murnau's film, and the r... Read on
This highly impressive special edition of one of the classics of European cinema was made possible by a newly-found domestic German print of Murnau's film, and the resolution of the images totally belies the age of the film. The sheer grasp of cinematic technique here has rarely been equalled, and the imagery (while undoubtedly dated) still has the power to take a breath away. Hide
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