New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

Faust

October 30, 1998 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.

Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(Czec/French, 1994, 97 minutes, color, 35 mm)
Directed by Ernst Gossner and Jan Svankmajer
Starring Petr Cepek
Dubbed in English and Latin

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Czech animator Jan Svankmajer has cast Czech actor Petr Cepek as a contemporary Prague bureaucrat who gets caught up in a replay of the Faust story. Svankmayer uses spurts of clay animation, stop-motion, puppet animation, and stop-motion human beings as Faust searches for an exit from a crumbling building. This dark retelling is more Marlowe than Goethe.

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