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Beauty and the Devil
Directed by René Clair • 1950 • France
Starring Michel Simon, Gérard Philipe, Nicole Besnard
Professor Henri Faust, retiring after fifty years as an alchemist, despairs at still knowing nothing of the true secrets of nature . . . whereupon his old acquaintance Mephistopheles, servant of Lucifer, appears and grants him youth and a new life. But with youth, Faust’s interest is diverted from science to women. And Mephistopheles, who has taken on the guise of the elderly Faust that was, sets many snares for his young friend’s slippery soul.