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  • Summary: Employing elaborate camera movements, a dense soundscape, intricate production design and spectacular locations, FAUST conjures up a unique and phantasmagoric vision of the Faustian legend. Faust, played by Johannes Zeiler, is a man in search of the ideals of the Enlightenment but he becomes obsessed with the lovely Magarethe (Isolda Dychauk) and eventually sells his soul to the Devil (Anton Adasinsky) also known as the Moneylender, so that he may possess her. Comic, cosmic, painterly and stunningly beautiful scenes abound as the Devil takes Faust on a strange, unforgettable journey that ends in Hell itself. [Leisure Time Features] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Nov 13, 2013
    100
    It manages to convey a desire for power in abstract terms, divorced from material gain or a need to be admired. What’s more, it manages to do it with energy and a good deal of weird humor.
  2. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Nov 2, 2013
    80
    This is far from a dull, academic work and the fast-paced talk is matched by swiftly changing scenes full of vibrant visuals. Life bubbles out of each frame in a grungy, foul-smelling rush.
  3. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Nov 12, 2013
    80
    Often, Faust plays like a lost cousin to Andrei Tarkovsky’s haunted Stalker (1979), catnip for the slow-and-low crowd. Settle in, because this requires your charity, but you’ll dream it all back up the next night.
  4. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    Nov 17, 2013
    67
    If there are strokes of genius in this film, they are buried deep under the grime of the aesthetics and the unrelenting dialogue that never seems to stop for air.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Nov 15, 2013
    60
    German history and culture are among Sokurov's concerns in this visually compelling, intellectually scattershot movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Nov 2, 2013
    60
    It has a rigorous, even unrelenting, grey, green and brown palette and, narratively, it’s tough to penetrate.
  7. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 21, 2013
    30
    Alexander Sokurov's Faust is a grueling side show of a film, a morbid, mightily uninvolving piece.

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  1. Dec 4, 2013
    9
    Audacious, outrageous and pretty brilliant, Sokurov's FAUST is like a Bruegel painting come to life but then the director continually skews reality through rapid lens and color changes. The film is at once realistic and totally artificial. Recalling the dictates and style of German regie theater, Sokurov brings the aesthetic to film brilliantly. But unlike Goethe's source material in which knowledge is gold, Sokurov takes us into a world in which life and death don't really matter. Knowledge and stupidly are equally unimportant and nothing has any meaning. FAUST is a challenging and rewarding film that dazzles in its pessimism. Expand