End Of The Week Shorts #17 extract: Faust (1926)
Without a doubt, one of the greatest stories about corruption and damnation I've ever come into contact with.
Whilst much of the rich subtext supporting this narrative must be attributed to the German legend, Murnau brings this story into the realm of cinema with astounding force. In fact, the production of Faust is said to have deeply impacted the German film industry on a technical and strategic level, becoming one of the most expensive films made in Germany for about a year until Lang's Metropolis was made.
The only faults I could find in this film would concern the theatrical nature of the design and performances. Whilst this works in a way I couldn't imagine any other approach working in some scenes, some are left a little ridiculous. Nonetheless, I think it's undeniable that Faust is a silent masterpiece.