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F.W. MURNAU S MASTERPIECE OF GERMAN SILENT CINEMA
Mobilizing the full resources of the Ufa Studios, F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu, Sunrise) orchestrated a colossal adaptation of Goethe s FAUST that ranks alongside Fritz Lang s Metropolis as the greatest achievement of the German silent cinema. Gösta Ekman stars as the titular alchemist who, struggling with his faith amidst a devastating plague, is offered the power to cure and the gift of youth... in exchange for his soul. As the diabolical Mephisto, Emil Jannings (The Last Laugh) delivers a performance of operatic scale and intensity, by turns charming, comical, and horrific. This special Kino edition contains the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation s meticulous restoration of the original German version of the film (with unique hand-painted intertitles), as well as a lengthier alternate cut prepared by the Ufa Studios in 1930.
- Two-DVD edition featuring the restored German version (with optional English subtitles) and the previous U.S. release version
- (The Language of Shadows: Faust) a 53-minute documentary on the making of Murnau s film
- New musical score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra in 5.1 Stereo Surround or 2.0 Stereo
- The lost screen test footage of Ernst Lubitsch s abandoned 1923 production Marguerite and Faust.
- Image Gallery
- Essay by film historian Jan Christopher Horak
This is one of the most innovative movies of the Weimar Republic. The use of perspective and models rivals that of George Lucas.Published 1 month ago by ivanj
The great F.W. Murnau directed only one real blockbuster in Germany, just before coming to America to make his masterpiece, Sunrise; extravagant in every... Read more
I usually don't like silent movies unless it's a comedy (Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, etc) but I was intrigued. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Keith Carnley
By today's standards, this movie would appear hokey but, the most important thing. They got the point across! I really enjoyed this and plan on watching more silents.Published 6 months ago by Jimmy Don Johnson
I saw this in a theater recently, accompanied by the "Mighty Wurlitzer" organ, therefore was disappointed in the film's music. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Judy
A startling film. Visually alive. Before seeing this film I had envisioned Mephisto as slender and elegant. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David Dannenbaum
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I became first aquainted with Ufa while watching Metropolis for the first time since then I have taken an International Cinema class which delved into German Expressionism and the work of FW Murnau among others. I've now made it a point to watch all these great gems from the silent era.
Jul 8, 2006 by William Rushlow | See all 2 posts