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Faust

Friday, Jan 17, 2014
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion, this idiosyncratic and playful reinvention of Goethe’s classic play marks the return of Aleksandr Sokurov (Russian Ark; Alexandra). Sokurov’s Faust immediately overthrows Goethe by adopting a broadly comic treatment grounded in scatological touches, slapstick, and a nonstop barrage of dialogue. Mephistopheles (referred to here as the Moneylender and played by Anton Adasinsky) is depicted as a clumsy and grotesque figure, while Faust is largely stripped of dignity and rendered absurd in Johannes Zeiler’s tour de force performance. Reversing and subverting the original in a number of other respects, Sokurov positions Faust’s craving of knowledge and power as the source of 20th-century evils. Distinguished by its elaborate camera movement, intricate production design, and rich location work, this Faust is a feast for the eyes. – Film Society of Lincoln Center

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