23 Jan 0Murnau’s Faust in 5 Frames Faust (1926) – dir. F.W. Murnau ""Faust," with its supernatural vistas of heaven and hell, is particularly distinctive in the way it uses the whole canvas. Consider the startling early shot of Mephisto, his dark wings obscuring the sky as he hovers above a little village that huddles in the lower right corner." - Roger Ebert "Rembrandt's etchings are brilliant studies of chiaroscuro, the dramatic interplay of light and darkness in a work of art. An etching is a symbolically-rich form for depicting Faust, the classic, oft-told story of the battle between good and evil for one man's soul." - Darren Hughes ".. the film is dominated by [Emil] Jannings's charismatic Mephisto, made up like a character in the kabuki theatre." - Philip French "Decades before the advent of digital effects, Murnau was pushing boundaries in terms of visual innovation that still impress and dazzle today. While they may no longer seem photo-realistic, his use of super-imposition, model work, camera movement and other visual storytelling techniques single out Faust as one of the great technical masterpieces of the silent era." - James Marsh "The cosmos aligned itself through emotion for Murnau—it's not a substitute for literature, it's pure cinema." - Fernando F. CroceAuthorRecent Posts Adam Call RobertsI'm a journalist and film enthusiast who lives in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. I've been writing about movies for 15 years and I hosted a weekly movie review television show on UATV for two years. I'm also the proud father of two children.Contact me: [email protected] Latest posts by Adam Call Roberts (see all) Public Domain Blues - January 14, 2021 How COVID-19 sports explain the simulacra - January 5, 2021 Movies entering the Public Domain in 2021 - January 1, 2021 Tags: F. W. Murnau, Faust, German films, Satan, silent films Share: Related ArticleMovies entering the Public Domain in 2021 January 1, 2021 / 0 CommentVictorian Christmas Films December 12, 2020 / 0 CommentAmerica’s Favorite Christmas Movies November 8, 2020 / 0 CommentWrite a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment *Name *Email *Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.