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Faust (2011) [Italian Edition]

3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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il faust di sokurov non e' un adattamento della tragedia di goethe nel senso tradizionale, ma una lettura di cio' che rimane tra le righe. che colore ha un mondo che produce idee colossali? che odore ha? c'e' un'aria pesante nel mondo di faust: progetti sconvolgenti nascono nello spazio angusto dove si affaccenda. un pensatore, un veicolo di idee, un trasmettitore di parole, un cospiratore, un sognatore. un uomo anonimo guidato da istinti semplici: fame, avidita', lussuria. una creatura infelice, perseguitata che lancia una sfida al faust di goethe. perche' rimanere nel presente se si puo' andare oltre? spingersi sempre piu' in la', senza notare che il tempo si e' fermato.

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  • Actors: Isolda Dychauk, Hanna Schygulla, Andrey Sigle, Johannes Zeiler
  • Directors: Alexsandr Sokurov
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Color
  • Language: Italian (DTS-HD High Res Audio), German (DTS-HD High Res Audio)
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Cecchi Gori
  • Run Time: 140.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It seems that Alexander Sokurov had to appeal to the highest authority in Russia to get the financial support he needed to complete his final installment in his great "Power" tetralogy. Vladimir Putin would seem an unlikely patron for Sokurov, who has long bucked authority ever since completing his studies at VGIK in 1979. But, after an hour's discussion at Putin's country retreat, Sokurov had his backer. Although Sokurov claims Putin was drawn more to the subject matter of the movie than to him, one can't help but think that Putin saw in Sokurov the international recognition he brought to cinema. After all, Putin is more a power player than an auteur.

Whatever the case, we should all be thankful Sokurov got the opportunity to complete this marvelous film, which takes a whole new look at the Faustian bargain, seeing it more as a power game than a question of spirituality. This might put off some Faust fans, but I think most will be mesmerized by the way in which Sokurov explores his subject, portraying Faust not as some Romantic but rather as an exceedingly rational man obsessed with knowledge, and determined to understand the underpinning of the universal order.

The film opens with Faust, as played by Johannes Zeiler, opening up the body of a man in search of his soul. An amusing dialog takes place between Faust and his assistant Wagner (Georg Friedrich) as to where the soul might be located. A disgruntled Faust has the dissected body carted away and goes to his father for a handout to keep him going, but his father shuns him, regarding his son's experiments as fruitless.

The devil is less a Mephistopheles than a devilish little pawnbroker, played to great effect by Anton Adasinsky, who leads the good Dr.
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Where I live, in Paris France, we are still lucky to have hundreds of movie theatres, and playing not only the recent Hollywood blockbusters but also all kinds of "exotic" films and "cinéma d'auteur". So I just saw Sokurov's Faust, not on DVD, but "for real".

Powerful film, powerful vision, between Tarkovsky (Sokurov studied with him) and Wojciech Has (the film's atmospheres, between day-dreaming and nightmare, evoked The Hourglass Sanatorium). Sets and costumes are breathtakingly imaginative. The story draws partly on Goethe's Faust (and Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus), excerpts of the original text are even used, and the costumes evoke the author's time, the early 19th century; but the action is situated in some sort of German medieval village or small town, with narrow, dark, filthy streets - an environment evocative of the late middle-Ages/early German Renaissance in which the action of Goethe's drama is supposed to take place. And never was I shocked by any semblance of contradiction; it is true that German culture nurtured for very long a kind of medieval fantasy, and, before they were bombed to ashes by the Allies' airforce, the German cities retained vivid traces of their medieval past.

The universe depicted by Sokurov is hunger-ridden (to point to the burning demands of the flesh maybe), in a jawdropping opening scene (double-meaning not intended - but now it is) Faust is dissecting a human cadaver and doesn't find the soul, his apprentice the simpleton Wagner seems to have understood more things than his master, Mephisto is a pawn-broker and a usurer (money is the Devil), half-man half animal wearing his small traces of manhood in the back.
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Alexander Sokurov is in my view, the spiritual descendant of Andrei Tarkovsky. His filmography is dense, full of visual metaphors and cinematic time management like no other.

This time, Sokurov presents us with the eternal dilemma of Faust, but not as a crazy transition between the man who wants (like most) for eternal youth jointly with the ineffable attraction that provides knowledge.

But Sokurov does not seek to repeat the anecdote but delve into the most intimate of power granted by the science and how to obtain such hegemony is full of dissatisfaction, doubt and spiritual emptiness. The zeal to get at all costs Margarita's love is more than just a trophy than a goal. And Mephisto is portrayed as a mercenary and elementary merchant can sell your product.

The intriguing thing is that - at the end of the story, Faust is not redeemed, it is doomed to wander - as Dante in hell eternally for the most inhospitable region on earth where it takes place an ethic revenge at the expense of dignity swollen with pride and arrogance.

The camera depicts with ruthless cruelty, the elemental life of people in the village, the homunculus phenomenon, the role of immortality as well as sharp reflections on the role of men in this world.

Awarded as Best Film in Venice 2011.
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By BT on December 1, 2013
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You would think that one of the many benefits that selling your soul to the devil will bring would be getting to hang out with the man... I mean, with the Devil, himself. Surely the Devil must be a wise-cracking bully, of the type Al Pacino played in Devil Advocate, no? Nope, not this film's Devil. Hanging out with this one -- and this is what Dr. Faust does for most of the screen time, is like spending time with one's senile grandpa for whom outward appearances and impressing others is no longer a concern. And yet this one, unlike an average resident of a retirement home, will take you on a walk of a lifetime, through the mysterious landscapes you didn't know had existed. Hypnotic.
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