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Faust (1926)

4

The devil's greatest trick...

F.W. Murnau’s final European film before he moved to the US to make Sunrise, Faust is a bridge between the giddy invention of his German work and the polish of his mega-budgeted American films. Almost bankrupting home studio UFA in the making, it’s a boldly imaginative look at rendering the Faust legend in purely cinematic terms, packed with arresting images that could only come from the mind behind Nosferatu.

It may lay it on a bit thick at times, but it’s a neglected wonder ripe for rediscovery – and the shot of the demon Mephisto overshadowing an entire town is justifiably one of the most famous in German cinema.

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