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Instrueret af Aleksandr Sokurov
Rusland, 2011


En version af den tyske legende, i hvilken en mand sælger sin sjæl til djævlen i bytte for indsigt. Aleksandr Sokurov’s vinding af den Gyldne Løve følger tematisk i fodsporene på hans tidligere Taurus, Moloch og The Sun – de er alle drømmelignende meditationer om jagten efter overmagt.

Vores mening

Aleksandr Sokurov’s inderlige, stiliserede version af den tyske legende om Faust. Denne Venedig Gyldne Løve-vinder bryder triumferende grænserne for sin tjekkiske middelalder placering med obskønt vanvid for at følge og forestille sig Faust’ fantastiske vej.

Faust Instrueret af Aleksandr Sokurov
Two weeks removed from this screening and its majestic oddness still eludes me. If Taurus is Sokurov’s most straightforward film,Faust is at the opposite end of the spectrum, a slippery concoction whose visuals – alternating between show-stopping moments of clarity traceable to iconic European paintings and inebriated, claustrophobic trudges in soft-focus through damp, dark interiors – seem beamed from another world.
January 22, 2014
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FAUST, perhaps all at once [Sokurov’s] most Tarkovskian feature and the one that works hardest to undermine his master’s work, Sokurov’s powers are at their height. FAUST, perhaps all at once his most Tarkovskian feature and the one that works hardest to undermine his master’s work, Sokurov’s powers are at their height.
December 20, 2013
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Faust is an infinitely complex film toward a search to the failure of human nature’s desire for knowledge that does not define great men, but all of us. “Good does not exist, but evil does,” a character warns the Herr Doktor. Such trifles toward the search to comprehending the heavens within the language below it can only lead us to our useless search through the desert. Knowledge is nothing without the faith to believe it.
November 28, 2013
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  • Max Seqgar's rating of the film Faust

    Were all Faust after all... The experience itself was almost Lynchean, but still very Sokurov! Nice!

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Faust

    Definitely a challenging film. There are bodies in constant motion, though they don't always seem to know where they're going. People spin around each other with a gravitational force. The frame itself lends itself to the claustrophobia that seems self-imposed. All of this can lead to a kind of confusion as to what exactly is going on. Faust's journey is to find what he will sell his soul for.

  • Cid Medeiros's rating of the film Faust

    It's a journey into the philosophical fantasy medieval story of doktor Faust. In fact the word journey seems to be the definition of cinema for Sokurov. The shooting he achieves has the ability to bring movement through the narrative without clearly marking the end and the beginning of each frame as habitual. All the details displayed, lightning and colors seems to invoke the beauty and complexity of Goethe's prose.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Faust

    A difficult movie to process, which is why (I suspect) most positive reviews dwell on the form—the deftly cluttered direction and sulfuric atmosphere—rather than on any coherent message that emerges therefrom. It's clearly the work of a master, but whether the master has something valuable to say is up for debate. All an agnostic can guarantee are the sensations—and in this case, they're enough. 4 stars.

  • WhatsUpWill's rating of the film Faust

    Herzog, Kurosawa, Bunuel, Bergman, Tarkovsky... Sokurov takes the best qualities of these directors and creates his own film from them. What an introduction to his filmic worldview! The first thirty minutes made me want to walk out, but I'm glad I stayed. Brilliant work.

  • byronic's rating of the film Faust

    Repulsive and beguiling, grotesque and ethereal, Sokurov's Faust is a study of the corrupting nature of power and knowledge, influenced by Frankenstein as much as by the Brothers Grimm, Svankmajer and Tarkovsky. It's at times impenetrable and difficult, and I can't say I totally enjoyed it, but there's great art in the photography and camerawork. The claustrophobic aspect ratio is fascinating.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Faust

    Sokurov’s „Faust“ is difficult to appreciate without knowing the other three films of his tetralogy (about Hitler, Lenin and Hirohito) and recognizing this last one as kind of prequel. After watching it in cinema some years ago I gave it a second chance and found many parts very intriguing. I like the references to Murnaus „Faust“ (see especially the beginning) but also the detailed scenario.

  • Jason's rating of the film Faust

    A major undertaking and something more than a minor achievement (though extremely tiresome). More like Terry Gilliam than it is like Murnau (w/ some typically Sokurovean lens-porn). Granted, it may have struck me as the greatest motion picture of all time had I seen it in a movie theatre under the influence of psilocybin. Watched the last chapter of the Blu-ray a couple times. That end bit is rad!

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