Faust (2011) [Italian Edition]
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Sokurov always has something original in his films. This has a great feel to a mideval German town slightly surreal/bizarre. You wont see another film like this - guaranteed!Published 10 months ago by Steven R. Severance
While it portrays the negativaty of the legend, it ignores the romantic reinvention of the myth of the 18th century.Published 11 months ago by Dr. Margaret Wye
Terrible, watched it then tossed it in the garbage. Not even good enough to give away to someone.Published 12 months ago by Brett A. Tolino
This came out in 2011 and won the Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion award, which I am guessing is the award they give to the MOST INSCRUTABLE film which therefore... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Karl Weaver
Breathtaking/Astonishing/Excruciating: landscape and environment absorbed into the mental state of the protagonist. An incomparable achievement. Long may Sokurov make films!Published 14 months ago by REMORSE
The Ugliest, Most Disgusting, Nonsensical Film I have ever seen. I don't know what serves as "powerful" these days. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chief Thunder-Thud, of the Ojito Tribe
Sokurov will be known as one of the great masters of 20th century cinema. Until recently, it was not possible to see his full Tetratrology of Power: Moloch, Taurus, Faust, The Sun. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chris Kendall
I am so disappointed that I could not watch this DVD. I do understand this is a 2010 Russian production, and was prepared to read English subtitles. Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by Nietzsche Infidel