Faust- July 10th

Faust: Eine Deutsche Volkssage (1926)
German- Drama
Not Rated
Runtime- 116 min.
dir. F.W. Murnau
 

Although its length can be off-putting, anyone who claims that older films didn’t have as much to them from a special effects standpoint absolutely must see this film.

Story/Writing: 1/2

“Epic” is a term that’s thrown around a lot when describing big budget movies.  I prefer to think of it as a word to describe plots for the most part, typically larger, adventure-style stories.  The main problem that can afflict a grandiose story-line is that it can become too big to be understood by one person.  Faust does have one or two run-ins with this issue, but chooses not to try to deal with them, focusing instead on reaching the ending in a fanfare.

Acting: 1.5/2

Fitting in the classic theatrical approach that was common for the time period.  Some of the lesser roles were either not trained enough, or not given the best direction as far as importance of their character was concerned.

Photography/Set: 2/2

Really good, with a ton of production value sunk in.  Murnau must have had some very trusting investors to be able to pull off some of the stuff that he did.

Sound/FX: 2/2

As I mentioned before, stunning for their time, with a flair for the fantastic.  Now, some modern mainstream onlookers may say that they can see the seams in the fabric, so to speak, but they need to consider the period in which this movie was produced.  I am not saying that you should take it easier on older films, however, there should be some consideration given to a movie’s place in film history.

Misc: 1.5/2

Regardless of whether it fits into the popular myths surrounding the story of Faust, the overall plot presented is very good, if a bit long and confusing.

VERDICT: 8/10

Good for film buffs, or those into German storytelling.

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