Director: F.W. Murnau Run Time: 85 min. Format: Digital Rating: NR Release Year: 1926 Language: Silent with English Subtitles
Starring: , Camilla Horn, Emil Jannings, Gösta Ekman
God, the Devil, and a man’s mortal soul. F.W. Murnau’s silent film Faust will be feature an original live score by Gersh/Reed.
Faust is a hauntingly beautiful piece of early silent cinema as only F.W. Murnau could create. Mephisto is a demon who bets an Archangel that if he can corrupt the soul of a righteous man then the Devil will have dominion over Earth. Target: the old alchemist Faust. So, Mephisto sends a deadly plague into Faust’s town who, when he is unable to stop the spread of death, burns many books, including a bible. Needless to say, trickery is involved, souls are sold, and hearts are stolen at an Easter church service but the question is…who actually wins the wager?
Notably, this is F.W. Murnau’s last German film before his relocated to Hollywood.