Jan 10, 2014 · 7:00 PM
Museum of Fine Arts
TICKETS - Please secure your tickets in advance. There is nothing worse than making the effort to come to the theater and finding out the film is Sold Out. While it is likely we might be the only ones in the theater, and only the French Film Festival sells out, There is zero downside to purchasing in advance.
Faust by Alexander Sokurov (Russia, 2011, 134 min.). Employing elaborate camera movements, a dense sound design, and spectacular locations, Faust conjures up a unique and phantasmagoric vision of this legendary tale. Heinrich Faust is a man in search of Enlightenment ideals, but he becomes obsessed with the lovely Magarethe and eventually sells his soul to the Devil so that he may possess her. “An eccentric interpretation . . . mesmerizing, at times predictably if divertingly bewildering and beautiful, with images that burn into your memory” (The New York Times). In German with English subtitles.
Co-presented by the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership.
From AV Club's A Rating:
Aleksandr Sokurov’s demented, gunky take on the Faust legend tumbles from one scene into the next with loping, loopy energy. People gnash their teeth and bite each other’s elbows and wrists; everyone is always falling down, jumping up, tripping over each other. The direction of onscreen movement changes from shot to shot—left to right, right to left, back to front. Even the camera seems drunk, drifting in queasy circles as objects squint into focus....(Faust) manages to convey a desire for power in abstract terms, divorced from material gain or a need to be admired. What’s more, it manages to do it with energy and a good deal of weird humor.
Sounds like a challenging piece of cinema that would make for an interesting Friday night!
See you at the movie,