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Original title
Faust (Lekce Faust)
Running time
97 min.
Czech Republic Czech Republic
Jan Svankmajer (Play: Christopher Marlowe. Novel: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Christian Dietrich Grabbe)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Gounod
Svatopluk Malý
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Co-production Czech Republic-France-United Kingdom; Athanor / British Broadcasting Corporation / Centre National de la Cinématographie / Heart of Europe Prague K Productions / Kominsk / Lumen Films / Pandora Cinema
Fantasy | Black Comedy. Surrealism. Stop Motion. Puppets
Movie Groups
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
A very free adaptation of Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus', Goethe's 'Faust' and various other treatments of the old legend of the man who sold his soul to the devil. Avant-garde animator Jan Svankmajer uses Claymation and live action to render a surrealistic, modern-day treatment of the Faust legend. This surreal take on Goethe's classic parable tells the story of the unwitting Faust, who agrees to surrender his soul to Satan if the cunning evil spirit can promise 24 years of epicurean life in return. Alas, Faust begins to regret the deal almost as soon as it is struck.
1994: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize
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