Another adaptation of the Goethe classic

An adaptation of Goethe's Faust from Aleksandr Sokurov, director of the stately Russian Ark – well, that takes self-regarding arthouse poncery to a point beyond parody, right? Wrong.

Sokurov aims for the guts as much as the head, and for something billed as Part Four in its director’s ‘tetralogy of power’, it’s an impressively earthy experience.

There’s a surfeit of subtitles – that’s what happens when you adapt a German classic – but they’re more than compensated for by the terrifying closing sequence, which has Iceland standing in for hell.

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