Legendary animator Jań Švankmajer brings to life the story of Faust, who is solicited by the devil at a Prague subway exit and sells his soul in exchange for 24 pleasure-filled years. An unusual and surreal adaptation of Goethe’s, Grabbe’s and Marlowe’s classics.
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Worth seeing--about the best low-tech art movie imaginable. But be prepared. This movie is visually and aurally disturbing. The kind of film that could give adults nightmares.
Released in '94, the production values are mostly on par for this kind of film, but the outside shots are dingy.
Far better than Little Otik, which is incredibly overrated--a TV movie compared to this.
Rewatching found it far more melancholy and disquieting than I had remembered. Poor old everyman Faust is really put through the ringer and his complacency demands it! We are stubborn, stupid creatures perpetually caught between a rock and a hard place of our own creation. Moderately less slavering than most Švankmajer - almost giving epistemology precedence over ontology, even. I love the structured psychogeography.
It's basically about a dude who has stage fright, and makes a deal with the devil so he doesn't have to go on stage, but can live the life of his character that he was supposed to portray. And the devil is Jan Švankmajer.
Decisamente da vedere. Ben fatto e congegnato, originale, ben reinterpretato e quasi mai noioso. Diventa sempre più surreale senza mai scadere nel ridicolo, le uniche cose che lo spettatore deve riuscire a superare sono l'introduzione, ve ne accorgerete, e alcune scene di dubbia qualità cinematografica. Consigliatissimo.