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Jan Svankmajer’s Faust is a rendering of the infamous Dr. Faustus fable of temptation and damnation. Borrowing freely from both Marlowe and Goethe and ancient folktales and timeless myths, the story follows a lonely Czech businessman who sells his soul to the devil in return for 24 years of self-indulgence. 

A visually fantastic combination of live-action, claymation, puppet theatre, stop-motion animation, and other special effects, Svankmajer creates an unsettling universe presided over by diabolic life-size marionettes and haunted by sinister human messengers from hell.

Czech with English Subtitles


Presented in collaboration with Ithaca Fantastik

  • Year
  • Runtime
    97 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Czech Republic
  • Director
    Jan Svankmajer
  • Screenwriter
    Jan Svankmajer, Christian Dietrich Grabbe (novel), Christopher Marlowe (play)
  • Cast
    Petr Cepek, Jan Kraus, Vladimír Kudla