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November 18, 2012

18th Century: Goethe's _Faust_ Drafts (1772) and the" Sturm und Drang" in Germany

Image Source: http://www.hberlioz.com/paintings/Faust2.jpg.jpg
Caption: "Méphistophélès in Faust’s Study" ~ Artist: Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

HON 250 Students,

This is the entry we'll be using for our 18th Century and Goethe discussions and homework assignments (do not post items due here elsewhere or you may not receive credit!). To complete course assignments, please follow the instructions you were given in class.

I have to "approve" all comments so you won't see it immediately after posting. After hitting submit, you should see a screen that confirms this . . .

. . . Some of you may find the trailer at the URL link I've posted below interesting. Remember our discussion of how Goethe may have seem "puppet" dramatizations of Faust (more akin to Marlowe's version) as performed by traveling troupes of entertainers during his childhood? A puppet version of Goethe's Faust is now available--it is a "visual interpretation" only (no spoken word). See the trailer here. The digital film is available for rent or purchase from Amazon.com


Also, in our last minute (we ran out of time), I showed you the first five minutes of a very old German film production of Faust (it was silent and subtitled in English). If you are interested in watching the entire film, it is available in 11 parts on YouTube. The first part is available below:

Finally, according to the site "www.watch-movies-online.tv," and IMDb (the Internet Movie Database) the following Czech-French film from 1994 is a "very free adaptation of [Christopher] Marlowe's _Doctor Faustus_, [Johann Wolfgang von] Goethe's _Faust_ and various other treatments of the old legend of the man who sold his soul to the devil. [Jan Svankmajer's] Faust is a nondescript man who, after being lured by a strange map into a sinister puppet theatre, finds himself immersed in an indescribably weird version of the play, blending live actors, clay model animation and giant puppets." It's dubbed in English so, don't worry: no subtitles to read in this version.

Watch Jan Svankmajer's "Faust (1994)" HERE

Let me know if you watched any of these versions. It will be interesting to compare them to our text.

See you in class,

Dr. Hobbs

9 February 2010


For any of you who are interested in the trailers to the film trailers I showed in class today (those with "Faustian Pacts"), please see the following links listed below.

The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)

Bedazzled Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, (1967)

Spawn (1997)

The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Bedazzled Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley, (2000)

Faust: Love of the Damned (2001)

Ghost Rider (2007)

A full list of "Faust" renditions and adaptations can be found here: http://www.faust.com/index.php/film/


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Posted by lhobbs at November 18, 2012 10:12 AM

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