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Faust

 
 
Directed by Jan Švankmajer, Czech Republic 1994
97 mins. English dialogue
 
Summary:
 
Merging live-action footage with stop-motion animation, imaginative puppetry and claymation, this dark, bizarre and surreal version takes liberties with the Faustus legend by borrowing and blending elements from the story as told by Goethe and Christopher Marlowe with traditional folk renditions. It has a distinctly Modernist, Absurdist, Kafkaesque feel, especially with the setting in Prague.  The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and will particularly appeal to fans of Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam and the Brothers Quay.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"Marvellous grown-up animation with a grubby surrealist sensibility. The best screen treatment of this material to date."  (Jake Euker - F5)

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