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Doctor Faustus (Sous-titres français)

Elizabeth Taylor , Richard Burton , Richard Burton , Nevill Coghill    DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marlowe's work admirably brought to the screen. Feb. 28 2004
Format:DVD
This 1960's film featuring typical sets from the period does rather well with Marlowe's original play of the tragic decision made by a German professor to sell his soul in exchange for 4 and 20 years of self gratification. As in the original play, it is a very erudite work and features players from Oxford University as well as Burton at the height of his powers and his famous love for Elizabeth Taylor projected here in the role of Helen of Troy. A wonderful and haunting score in the opening credits and throughout the movie adds to the flavor of this intellectual delight. (The score is available on CD if you know where to look) This movie is DEEP. VERY DEEP! With lines such as "Settle thy studies Faustus, and begin to sound the depth of that thou wilt profess" Have a Latin dictionary nearby and don't let your attention wander! This movie is best seen at about 1:30AM, which is when it was usually shown on television! All kidding aside this is an interesting work and well worth your investment and time. Burton was a #1 box office draw in this era and Dr. Faustus will demonstrate why.
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3.0 out of 5 stars DON'T WATCH: JUST LISTEN March 19 2004
Format:DVD
Richard Burton stars and co-directed this idiosyncratic production of DOCTOR FAUSTUS (Columbia Tristar), Christopher Marlowe's 16th century masterpiece about an aging German scholar who makes a deal with the devil for youth, knowledge, and a dazzling mistress (Elizabeth Taylor in a silent role as Helen of Troy). Filmed in the UK with supporting performances from the Oxford University Dramatic Society, this disc works better as an audio play. The music is effective and the mellifluous voice of Burton is a wonder. Now where's the uncut Brit version of Ken Russell's THE DEVILS?
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Would you sell your soul to the devil for all you desire? Doctor Faustus (Richard Burton) would. His desire? The woman with "...the face that launched 1,000 ships..." (Helen of Troy - Elizabeth Taylor). The Burtons produced this film version following their appearance in the stage version at Burton's alum, Oxford University. And, the film utilizes most of the Oxford players as well. The play, written by Christopher Marlowe (no Shakespeare he), centers around the opening line of this review. It would be difficult to resist such a sale with Elizabeth Taylor as the temptation. Despite several limitations, most notably budget, this film is quite intriquing. Mostly because of Taylor. Although she does not speak one word, appearing only as "visions" and "temptations", she is simply breathtakingly beautiful, even if somewhat zoftig. And, the music written by Mario Nascimbene, particularly "Helen's Theme", is nothing short of haunting. The film itself is nothing extrordinary, but Taylor, her costumes, and the music make it all worthwhile for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites. March 1 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Just because Liz doesn't appear enough in a movie is little cause to give it two stars out of five-- ... but, the fact is, Ms. Taylor does pop up quite often in this classic. It is to her-- as Helen of Troy-- that Richard Burton utters the immortal line, "Is this the face that launched a thousand ships?" And this is an immortal performance from Burton. He takes all the over-the-top seriousness and weight of Marlowe's play and turns it into something that is both troubling and at times borderline camp. Check out the bizarre eyeglasses Dr. Faustus wears, for instance, and the psychedelic sets, music and camera shots. It's all deliciously Elizabethan, but also very 1960s. The "troubling" aspect is the way Burton, through his performance that brands itself on the brain, makes us ponder the question: If we were able to have anything we want, would we be happy? Such grave concerns might crush the enjoyability of many a film, but here it is a physically exciting, nightmarish experience, with Marlowe's bewitching iambic pentameter weaving in and out as Burton and camera take us from scene to colorful scene, then give us maybe the best depiction of Hell ever caught on film. Treat yourself over and over to this feast.
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