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1,054 Ratings

Faust

Lekce Faust

Directed by Jan Švankmajer
France, United Kingdom, 1994
Avant-Garde, Fantasy, Horror

Synopsis

Legendary animator Jań Švankmajer brings to life the story of Faust, who is solicited by the devil at a Prague subway exit and sells his soul in exchange for 24 pleasure-filled years. An unusual and surreal adaptation of Goethe’s, Grabbe’s and Marlowe’s classics.

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Faust Directed by Jan Švankmajer

Critics reviews

Rather than merely compiling many sources into a kind of Faust mixtape, Švankmajer’s film transcends conventional linear narrative altogether, to the point where the end result resembles a dream. While it is not explicitly presented as such… the intention is clear: it is as if an unseen protagonist has fallen asleep at home surrounded by printed adaptations of Faust as Charles Gounod’s opera tinkles from the clock radio. Perhaps we might call this protagonist “Švankmajer”.
July 11, 2014
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