#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Professor Henri Faust, retiring after 50 years as an alchemist in a circa-1700 university, despairs at still knowing nothing of the true secrets of nature…whereupon his old acquaintance Mephistopheles, servant of Lucifer, appears and grants him youth and a new life. But with youth, Faust’s interest is diverted from science to women. And Mephistopheles, who has taken on the guise of the elderly Faust that was, sets many snares for his young friend’s slippery soul…
Plot: Henri Faust, retiring after 50 years as a professor in a circa-1700 French university, despairs at the ravages of old age … whereupon Mephistopheles, agent of Lucifer, appears as a virile, handsome young man and exchanges bodies with him to induce Faust to sign a pact to exchange his soul for renewed youth, riches and power. But though the “new” Faust is attracted by the material improvements in his life, he remains wary of signing, while Mephistopheles, now posing as the aged professor whose body he inhabits, must find a way to trick him into signing the pact – and dissuade him from the love of a gypsy girl who prays for his soul – or find himself damned by his own Master…
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The Beauty Of The Devil
At the time I am writing this, IMDB has the title of this film rather confusingly translated as “Beauty And The Beast” – which is, of course, a whole other kettle of myth altogether.
“The Beauty Of The Devil”, on the other hand, is a thoroughly sumptuous retelling of the Faust legend, told with unusual verve, and of course a flawless performance by Michel Simon (was he ever bad in anything?)
There is great atmosphere, delightfully fairytale-like sets, and first rate photography – far better than the flat cheapness of most other French films of the 1950s – all thankfully in an excellently preserved print.
The preternaturally beautiful Gerard Philipe, as Mephistopheles, also turns in a fine performance, throwing in just enough subtle traces of the rheumatic Simon to make us believe the older Faust is wearing his body. Nicole Besnard, as the gypsy maiden who takes him in, and Simone Valère, as her princess rival, both see his good looks and raise him some extra gorgeousness.
This is the most fun and romantic take on Faust I think I have seen, a parable of life and love and failure and regret. Yes, it could have been more frightening and dramatic and devilish, but then it would also have lost a lot of its charm. As it is, it’s a worthy companion to Rene Clair’s earlier english language movies ‘I Married A Witch’ and ‘And Then There Were None’, with a discernibly similar texture and touch, an atmosphere of fantasy, and every frame a painting in itself.
Original Language fr
Runtime 1 hr 35 min (95 min) (USA), 1 hr 36 min (96 min) (France)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director René Clair
Writer René Clair, Armand Salacrou
Actors Michel Simon, Gérard Philipe, Nicole Besnard
Country France, Italy
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award4 wins & 1 nomination total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,646 m (Netherlands)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm