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Faust

1994
Fantasy
Animation
1h 37m
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Rated 21 Sep 2008
88
77th
I think this is Svankmajer's best one. Not for everyone, though; familiarity with the Faust legend and most importantly, with the history of Czech puppet theatre and the 18th century travelling puppeteers' versions of Faust (the summary is all wrong, this is not Marlowe, but a mix of Marlowe AND Goethe AND some original Czech stuff) is pretty much required to understand all of it. Also, Petr Cepek (one of the greatest Czech actors ever) is absolutely fantastic here.
Rated 27 Feb 2010
90
69th
What a strange adventure. It's almost paradoxical how the stunted and choppiness of the stop-motion animation within the film actually improve its atmosphere rather than remove the viewer from the experience. It's an unusual adaption of an already unusual tale, and Jan does his best to make the viewer feel as alienated and uncomfortable as possible. It's more than a film, it's an experience, and its pure artistry makes it an unmissable spectacle.
Rated 01 Mar 2013
100
99th
This is Jan's second masterpiece, along with Alice. As with that one - this trip requires a patient viewer, and more than Alice, a viewer with an awareness of the various Faust sources it draws upon. Like the naive quality of a Frida Kahlo painting, the "awkwardness" of puppets, cuts, ect only heightens the telling. I agree with another review which recognizes this as an experience, rather than a simple viewing. A rich experience, even though cold, as js always is.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
9th
Quite a letdown after watching Alice.
Rated 04 Dec 2007
90
88th
04 Aralik 07 - 22:00 - cnbce. cok iyi bir film, semboller ve sanat yonetimi cok iyi...
Rated 30 Jun 2008
80
20th
though a very good movie, it is probably the lowest moment in svankmajer's carieer
Rated 08 Feb 2009
100
91st
Marvelous!
Rated 02 Nov 2009
95
99th
Playful retelling of the Faust story. Puppets, claymation, weird masks and lots of diablo ex machina.
Rated 07 Feb 2011
95
94th
A staple of my early teens and still one of my favorites. Svankmajer is the only filmmaker I can think of that can fully replicate the feeling of a dream. Faust perfectly captures the repetition, the amorphousness of time and location, and the collision of the fantastic and the mundane that make up our dreams. Not to mention the obligatory Svankmajer dingy production design and gross-but-delicious-looking food.
Rated 07 Jan 2013
84
77th
Utterly bonkers, like a humorous nightmare.
Rated 08 Feb 2013
80
69th
I hated the first ten minutes (the bumbling oaf of a protagonist is infuriating before you realise what kind of film is happening), came around gradually after that, almost gave up when I thought it was nearly finished but it was only halfway done, but it grabbed me again in the last half. I can't really offer much in the way of analysis because I had no idea what was going on most of the time, but it's definitely an interesting experience (my first Svankmejer). The dubbing is fucking awful.
Rated 21 May 2015
73
79th
Inferior to "Alice" but probably the best movie adaptation of Faust since Murnau. Svankmajer's puppeteering-claymation horror-comedy agrees with the legend of Faust very much. It probably could have used just a bit more coherence and something more like a Gretchen.
Rated 30 Dec 2018
50
38th
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Rated 18 Oct 2021
85
66th
Eastern Europeans just get surrealism.
Rated 08 Aug 2023
46
8th
I can't say I cared for this because I'd be lying, but it's one of the weirdest, most bonkers, most unique films you'll ever see. Some of the craft is really cool, as it combines live action with stop motion, claymation, puppetry, and other arts. I just wasn't really able to get into it. It's certainly interesting.

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