Faust (1926) F.W. Murnau
Faust (1926) F.W. Murnau
Faust (1926) F.W. Murnau

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F.W. Murnau | Germany | 1926 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 16 Nov 2022

Murnau’s brilliantly baroque, monumental and atmospheric retelling of the eponymous fable – combining Goethe, Marlowe and various German folk tales – features iconic expressionist stars Emil Jannings as Mephisto and Gösta Ekman as the famous pact-maker willing to sell his soul. This lavish studio concoction – UFA’s most expensive film prior to Metropolis the following year – is a highwater mark in production design and Murnau’s last German feature before heading to America. With Wilhelm Dieterle.

Format: 35mm
Language: Silent with English Intertitles
Source: NFSA
Runtime: 107 mins

Event duration

107 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

The Brink of Life: F.W. Murnau, Cinematic Visionary

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (1888–1931) was a perfectionist, an aesthete and, in many ways, a visionary, whose poetic, painterly, literate and highly cinematic sensibilities brought to the golden age of German cinema new concepts of film form based on a synthesis of all the elements then in vogue – from Caligari-like horrors to an expressionist use of actors’ bodies through to a rugged, sometimes optimistic naturalism (especially in his American period).

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