German director F.W. Murnau concocted two of the most visually intoxicating films of the silent era, Nosferatu and Sunrise. Now his third indisputable masterpiece, a morally thunderous adaptation of Goethe’s Faust, has gotten a ravishing face-lift for a two-disc set. If you’re a fan of silent films (or, frankly, even if you’re not), you’ll be knocked out cold by Murnau’s indelible images, haunting use of shadows, and trippy, dreamlike expressionist sets. EXTRAS include a longer version of the film originally shown in the U.S. and a wunderbar making-of doc. A
Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy, Horror; Starring: Gosta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard; Director: F.W. Murnau; Author: Johann Wolfgang Goethe; Runtime (in minutes): 106; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: MGM
Posted March 11 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT
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