Thoughts On: Murnau’s “Faust” (1926)

Happy Halloween everyone! In honor of this spooky day, I decided to reblog one of my favorite posts on one of my most favorite silent horror films–indeed, it’s one of my most favorite films period! If you haven’t read it yet I hope you enjoy it. Have a wonderful Halloween!


I always kick off the month of October with this Expressionist masterpiece. I hope you enjoy it–or will enjoy it–as much as I do!

Some of the greatest silent films can be described as collective dreams. They capture familiar legends, familiar places, and certain eras. These films are Art, and Art doesn’t age, not the way many older movies do. One of these works of Art is F.W. Murnau’s Faust (1926), a masterpiece of fantasy that’s often overlooked in favor of other German Expressionist works–such as Murnau’s own Nosferatu. Strange, considering that did nothing less than draw upon some of the most iconic imagery of good vs. evil in the world.


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5 thoughts on “Thoughts On: Murnau’s “Faust” (1926)

  1. Happy halloween Lea!
    As per most silent films I have seen, I saw this one first on big screen with live piano accompaingment. I think this is one of the few films I can even remember what the pianist made. And I cannot imagine watching on youtube or television.
    And totally agree this is one of the greatest films ever.

  2. Pingback: 10 Great Silent Film Performances That Have Stayed With Me | Silent-ology

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