This Sunday afternoon at GOMA, tickets cost $9
Sun 15 Feb 1.00pm / Cinema A
35MM (1997 RESTORATION), BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT (LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT), 85 MINUTES, GERMANY, GERMAN INTERTITLES (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: FRIEDRICH WILHELM MURNAU / SCRIPT: HANS KYSER, NACH J W VON GOETHE / CINEMATOGRAPHY: CARL HOFFMANN / EDITOR: ELFI BÖTTRICH / CAST: GÖSTA EKMAN, EMIL JANNINGS, CAMILLA HORN / PRODUCTION COMPANY: UNIVERSUM FILM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: FRIEDRICH-WILHELM-MURNAU-STIFTUNG / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP
Presented with live Wurlitzer organ accompaniment by David Bailey.
‘To determine whether God or Satan has control over the earth, the two decide to wager on the corruptibility of the soul of Faust, a pious alchemist. Mephistopheles (a mischievous leering character played by Emil Jannings) is sent by Satan to tempt Faust, to trade his soul for eternal youth. Murnau’s sweeping retelling of Dr. Faustus is stunning in its visual brilliance. In production, Murnau made it clear that mise-en-scène was to be the most important aspect of the film, and the metaphorical battle between light and darkness is not just part of the grand narrative, but is also a major inspiration for Faust’s complex visuals.’ Harvard Film Archive