dir. Alexander Sokurov, Russia, 2011, DCP, German w/English subtitles, 134 min.
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. The story of Faust
is one of the most popular in western literature – there is the opera, play,
movies, and countless other adaptations.