Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Faust Signs His Pact With Satan - 1926





F.W. Murnau's silent classic, "Faust," chillingly captures the oft repeated motif of a "Faustian bargain" - selling one's soul to the devil in exchange for worldly power and prestige ... In Europe, the legend extends back until at least the 16th century but has also been found in other cultures ... Marlowe, Goethe and Thomas Mann all gave literary treatment to this tale, while Wagner, Berlioz and Gounod set it to music ... Emil Jannings' intense, persuasive performance as Mephisto propels this cinematic treatment throughout ... Gösta Ekman convincingly plays Faust ...

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