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VIRTUAL CINEMAPOLIS SCREENINGS BEGIN 10/9
3 day rental for $12
What is virtual cinema?
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.
Director: Jan Svankmajer
Writers: Jan Svankmajer, Christian Dietrich Grabbe (novel), Christopher Marlowe (play)
Stars: Petr Cepek, Jan Kraus, Vladimír Kudla
Czech with English Subtitles
Presented in collaboration with Ithaca Fantastik
“With its blend of live action, chattering marionettes, and weird, fleshy stop-motion sequences—not to mention the pitch-black of the humor—it throws you off balance more thoroughly than any other movie in town.”
—THE NEW YORKER