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Emil Jannings glowers his way through the role of Mephistopholes, who offers the aging Faust (Gosta Eckman) an opportunity to relive his youth, the price being Faust's soul. Though highly stylized, the film is unsettlingly realistic at times, especially during the execution of the unfortunate Gretchen. Even in old age, actress Camilla Horn could recall how close she came to genuine immolation when Murnau burned her at the stake.

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Special Features Digitally mastered from 35 mm archive materials Digital stereo orchestral score "UFA Studios 1925: The Making of Faust" [ a gallery of rare production stills] Essay by film historian Jan Christopher Horak

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