Faust

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Faust (1994)

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Time Out says

Opening in a determinedly familiar contemporary milieu - a man emerging from a crowded Prague subway is handed a map - this film by the Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer soon moves into stranger, darker territory. The man visits the spot on the map marked 'X' - a courtyard and a theatre dressing-room complete with costumes, make-up and a copy of Goethe's Faust. Reading the book, he becomes embroiled in a world of obscure spells, alchemy and deals with the Devil. On to this the director grafts a wealth of themes, motifs, allusions and gags, his method an expertly executed, profoundly imaginative combination of live action, claymation, puppet theatre, stop-motion animation and special effects. There are a couple of dramatically flat moments, when one feels Svankmajer hasn't quite got the measure of the feature-length narrative, but for the most part this is a film which galvanises the mind and astonishes the eye. In a word, magic.

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Cast and crew

Producer:

Jaromír Kallista

Cast:

Jan Kraus, Vladimir Kudla, Peter Cepek, Jirí Suchy

Screenwriter:

Jan Svankmajer

Voices:

Andrew Sachs, Antonin Zacpal

Cinematography:

Svatopluk Maly

Editor:

Alan Brett, Marie Zemanova

Director:

Jan Svankmajer

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