Reviews of Faust, Part One (1808) and related work

Faust, Part One (1808Text)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (writer).

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Faust (1926Moving picture, 85 minutes)

Seriously damaged by the slow second act and the whole shift towards love. Very good props and architecture.

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Faust (1994Moving picture, 97 minutes)

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“Lights & Shadows” (2020Moving picture, 11 minutes)

Seen in 2020.

Seen at the world premiere in a sold-out little Haga 2, GIFF 2020, with animator-director-professor Rastko Ciric present to introduce the work.

The rewards of Mephistopheles.

Wholly digital, with dozens of prominent artifacts of the raster-graphics drawing process. More cleanup would have been nice. Midhat Ajanovic, the film-studies PhD who introduced Ciric, interpreted the film to be about the origins of animation in Lichtspielhallen, before the medium of film was invented. It is a nice meditation on that tradition, as well as the unboxing-style first-person POV.

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