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  • 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,


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting movie, great company... thanks, John, for setting it up.

    January 11, 2014

  • John

    "The Grondona-Harrison system may be projected on to Russian culture and so highlight those psychological attitudes which we would do well to set aside if we wish to evolve. Disdain for the law, the unruly character of authority, people’s reluctance to work for each other’s mutual benefit, passivity in the face of difficulties, the absence of civic consciousness, and the extremely selfish pursuit of one’s personal interests – these are the principal features of peasant consciousness. "

    January 11, 2014

  • J.J. F.

    sorry for not making it!!!

    January 11, 2014

  • Paula C.

    I apologize for not making the film. see you again soon

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So very sorry, missed, was late from a trip.

    January 10, 2014

  • Patti C.

    fascinating- but I'm going to a concert that PM...
    By the way- his movie The Sun (about post war Hirohito) is on Netflix!

    January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got my ticket, see you there!

    January 3, 2014

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