Like Lang, F.W. Murnau is a towering figure of this period, thanks to films such as Nosferatu (1922), The Last Laugh (1924), and, after moving to America, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927). Murnau’s approach to framing and his use of liberating camera movements suggested to subsequent filmmakers a new way of using the pictorial space.
Faust, the director’s final German film, draws on sources including Marlowe and Goethe in service of the story of a man who makes a deal with the devil. At that time the most expensive film made in Germany, it remains a visual triumph.
The screening will be introduced by Dr. Piotr Sadowski, lecturer in film, literature, and drama at Dublin Business School, and author of an upcoming book on Weimar cinema.
This screening is part of the Dark Corners: Cinema of the Weimar Republic season, running August 5th to 30th 2017. Click here for more information.