Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

DVD - 2004
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"A tragic legend written down in the sixteenth century wherein a learned scientist honoured with the laurels of his university, sold his soul to the devil for still greater knowledge and power in the unknown." - title screen. Deeply unsatisfied with God's decree that the reward of sin is death, Dr. John Faustus, a scholar at Wittenberg, opts to cut a deal with Lucifer. The contract--signed in Faustus's blood--stipulates that the doctor receive the services of Lucifer's lackey, Mephistophilis, for a period of 24 years, during which he has access to all knowledge, beauty, power as well as returned youth. In exchange, Lucifer receives Faustus's renunciation of Christ and, at the end of the 24 years, the doctor's soul, which he may torment in the pit of Hell for all eternity.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures Corporation : Distributed by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2004.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
ISBN: 9781404930629
1404930620
Branch Call Number: FIC Docto
Characteristics: 1 DVD (92 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 17, 2014

The up-side to 1967's Doctor Faustus was that throughout the entire course of the film Elizabeth Taylor didn't utter one, single word. Whew! What a relief that was!

In Doctor Faustus, Elizabeth Taylor was strictly there as eye-candy, just an over made-up piece of very pretty decoration. That's all.

But, then, on the down-side of Doctor Faustus, actor Richard Burton, that loud, bellowing alcoholic, never shuts his trap for even 5 seconds. Sheesh! You can bet that Burton's incessant yattering all but made up for Taylor's ludicrous silence.

In some ways Doctor Faustus was an interesting enough production. There were certainly plenty of fascinating and bizarre set designs. And the make-up effects were quite impressive. But, all in all, Doctor Faustus was a film that completely lacked any soul, which, is sort of ironic when you consider that its story was all about a man who actually sold his soul to the devil.

Set in 16th Century Germany, Doctor Faustus, a brilliant scholar at Wittenberg University, employs the magic of necromancy to conjure up the evil Mephistopheles from the absolute depths of Hell. Through the assistance of this wicked spirit, Faustus bargains away his soul to Lucifer in exchange for 24 years of youth, invincibility, and unlimited power at his complete disposal.

I think that you really need to be a completely devoted, die-hard "Taylor & Burton" fan to actually appreciate Doctor Faustus any more than I did.

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lovemelaura
Jun 29, 2013

my husband thinks this movie is great

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CalicoJack
Jun 06, 2011

Christopher Marlow’s timeless dialogue (published 1604) holds up well, as does Richard Burton’s sexy voice. Andreas Teuber is also adequate (if a little passive—although maybe that’s the whole point) as the archdemon Mephistophilis. But this 1967 film’s production values and in particular Irene Sharaff’s costume designs for Elizabeth Taylor seemed too primitive and heavy-handed to me—as I suspect they will to many modern viewers. It just isn’t enough any more to transpose a stage play to film and expect it to fit the new medium automatically. Considerable adjustments are required and in this instance would certainly have resulted in a much better film.

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