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Directed by Jan Švankmajer • 1994 • Czech Republic
Starring Petr Cepek, Jan Kraus, Vladimír Kudla
Jan Švankmajer puts his darkly surrealist spin on the infamous fable of temptation and damnation. Borrowing freely from Marlowe, Goethe, and ancient folktales and timeless myths, FAUST follows a lonely Czech businessman who sells his soul to the devil in return for twenty-four years of self-indulgence. Through a visually fantastic combination of live action, claymation, puppet theater, stop-motion animation, and other special effects, Švankmajer creates an unsettling universe presided over by diabolic life-size marionettes and haunted by sinister human messengers from hell.