Friday, February 27, 2015

Murnau’s Faust, 1926

 This was FW Murnau’s last film made in Germany
 before he went off to Hollywood to make Sunrise.
It’s a loose adaptation of Goethe’s dramatic poem,
incorporating elements from the folk puppet plays,
that Goethe’s drew upon, which in their turn 
took Marlowe's Doctor Faustus as a model.
Indeed, there’s a distinct puppet like quality
to Camilla Horn movements as Gretchen, 
especially after she has been denounced 
as a harlot, lurching around in a trance. 
Murnau spent six months filming it, 
crafting a very unreal yet elaborate 
medieval world for his marionettes.

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