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In Brief: F.W. Murnau's 1926 interpretation of the classic tale of a pious alchemist who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge, youth and the love of a beautiful young woman is possibly the most accurate recounting of the story ever filmed. Murnau draws heavily from Goethe's play but also from older folk tales that provided the basis for both that work and Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. One of the most technically advanced films ever shot at the time of its production, Murnau's Faust would have ramifications on the film industry that persist to this day. The effects shots in this film, revolutionary in their day, will still prove remarkable to even the most CG-addled modern cineaste.
Genre: Fantasy Horror
Director: F.W. Murnau
Starring: Gosta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Wilhelm Dieterle
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen Faust on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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