Faust (1926)

In this German film, Emil Jannings glowers his way through the role of Mephistopholes, who offers the aging Faust an opportunity to relive his youth, the price being Faust's soul. Though highly stylized, the film is unsettlingly… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 5, 1926
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This extraordinary piece of artistry and craftsmanship integrates its dazzling special effects so seamlessly that they're indistinguishable from the film's narrative, poetry, and, above all, metaphysics.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Murnau's version of the story of the man who sold his soul to the Devil (Jannings) in return for youth is visually extraordinary but dismally uneven in terms of its dramatic effect.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

Faust is a tragedy drawn in magnificent images like paintings in light and shadow and is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful of Murnau's German films.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

As atmospheric and menacing a work as the expressionist movement ever produced.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I sometimes feel, in this age of expert CGI, that I am being shown too much -- that technique is pushing aside artistry and imagination. The world of Faust is never intended to define a physical universe, but is a landscape of nightmares.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A great work by a great director, and one of the most instantly accessible silent films ever made.

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New York Times

Here is a picture which is as far removed from the ordinary movie as a Tintoretto painting.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Still a classic example of eye-popping excess at a time when German filmmakers were among the most innovative in the world.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Revisits the German legend of Dr. Faustus with an amazing use of expressionistic visuals.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Yes, this movie has cool special effects and a classic tale, but I didn't really enjoy it. The story is great and it could have been much more exciting… More
Brandon Siddall
I didn't know, when I started watching these movies. That I would fall in love with so many silent pictures. When I started this I thought that silents… More
_kelly .King
For people who can still appreciate something made in the prior century (and those numbers are dwindling), Murnau's vision of "Faust" begins with… More
Kyle Meisch
Incredible and iconic. Momentous. Certainly between a 4.5 and 5. Putting it at 5 because it really probably deserves every bit of praise it gets.
Pierluigi Puccini
F.W Murnau's crafty direction and Emil Jenning's disturbing charm gives us a plunge into men's most dark ambition, sin and redemption.
Simeon Deutsch
The first half is off-the-wall spectacularly rendered both visually and aesthetically, and the second half is a somewhat silly romance between Mephisto and a… More