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.
It's a surreal 4th wall break when real life and theatre begin to bizarrely merge and Faust ends up becoming part of the theatre production by accident and a mere puppet on a string by the end. And it's a clever film that ties up the loose ends and comes full circle by the end. Švankmajer techniques are all at work here but because of the story being told the grotesque stop animation fits in perfectly with the film.
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.