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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Faust I (2001)

Mephistopheles, knowing Faust's dissatisfaction, makes a wager with the Lord that he, the Devil, can win Faust's soul. Thus it comes about that Faust in his experiments with the supernatural conjures up the Devil himself.


Peter Schönhofer


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (as Johann Wolfgang Goethe)


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Credited cast:
Rolf Boysen Rolf Boysen ... Narrator
Bruno Ganz ... Faust
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephan Baumecker ... Alter Bauer
Dorothee Hartinger Dorothee Hartinger ... Gretchen
Robert Hunger-Bühler
Ana Kerezovic Ana Kerezovic
Corinna Kirchhoff ... Helena
Christian Nickel Christian Nickel ... Junger Faust
Johann Adam Oest ... Mephistopheles
Christine Oesterlein Christine Oesterlein
Elke Petri Elke Petri ... Marthe Schwerdtlein


Mephistopheles, knowing Faust's dissatisfaction, makes a wager with the Lord that he, the Devil, can win Faust's soul. Thus it comes about that Faust in his experiments with the supernatural conjures up the Devil himself.

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17 February 2001 (Germany) See more »

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You should rather read the book.
10 January 2008 | by charlesmontgomery-burnsSee all my reviews

I had to watch this movie (it's really a play) in my 12th grade German class. Our teacher praised the actors and told us it was one of the best movies ever made. Well, I didn't really feel the same way. And here is why:

1. It is ridiculously long! 814 minutes. That's almost 14 hours. You gotta at least be a monk to be determined enough to sit through that. 2. The acting is horrible! I know that a lot of people praise the performance of Bruno Ganz, but really, he's just halfheartedly reciting poems that he learned by heart. And since he has to do it for 13 straight hours, he gets more and more tired and his voice modulation becomes the same for every verse he recites. But I guess I have to give him credit for one thing: out of all the bad actors who worked on this, he's the best. 3. It's exactly like the book. Instead of watching it, you could just as well read the whole thing and have a real literary experience. That's probably the most important reason why this movie is so unnecessary. After this, I really can't think of any reason whatsoever to watch this. 4. The stage looks boring and uninspired at all times. So they blew the only thing that could have made it worth watching. Trust me, you are better of reading the book and imagining everything rather than having this movie put dull places in your head.

Having said all that, I am a real fan of the book and even though it was a class assignment, I had fun reading it and I enjoyed most of it! The language is wonderful and so many proverbs and sayings used today in the German language originated with this great piece of literature. So read it! 14 hours should be plenty of time...

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