Director:

J. Searle Dawley

Production Company:

Edison Mfg. Co.
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HISTORY

An item in the 15 Jan 1910 Moving Picture World contained the following review: “When we saw the picture we had no difficulty in recognizing the principal characters of the story, its trend and its development. A sympathetic pianist played snatches of Gounod's music, which helped to place us in sympathy with the picture. The Edison Company certainlyhandle the subject in a fine manner, giving the scenic artists and the actors and actresses every opportunity. It was a bold subject to attempt and the company got through the task very successfully. They seemed to transmit the very atmosphere of the piece to the audience. The three principal characters--Faust, Mephistopheles and Marguerite well filled their parts; that is to say, the presented the conventional aspects of the interpreters of these characters. The gradual process of Marguerite's downfall at the hands of the ardent Faust is graphically shown and the scene where the girl is leaving the church and where she is first seen by Faust is a very fine piece of impressive stage work. 'Faust' must be accounted a great Edison ... More Less

An item in the 15 Jan 1910 Moving Picture World contained the following review: “When we saw the picture we had no difficulty in recognizing the principal characters of the story, its trend and its development. A sympathetic pianist played snatches of Gounod's music, which helped to place us in sympathy with the picture. The Edison Company certainlyhandle the subject in a fine manner, giving the scenic artists and the actors and actresses every opportunity. It was a bold subject to attempt and the company got through the task very successfully. They seemed to transmit the very atmosphere of the piece to the audience. The three principal characters--Faust, Mephistopheles and Marguerite well filled their parts; that is to say, the presented the conventional aspects of the interpreters of these characters. The gradual process of Marguerite's downfall at the hands of the ardent Faust is graphically shown and the scene where the girl is leaving the church and where she is first seen by Faust is a very fine piece of impressive stage work. 'Faust' must be accounted a great Edison success.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
LCMP
p. 19, column 3.
Moving Picture World
11 Dec 1909
p. 838tn, 860tl.
MPW
18 Dec 09
p. 892ada.
MPW
25 Dec 09
p. 927ts, 932ta.
MPW
15 Jan 10
p. 58r.
New York Clipper
18 Dec 1909
p. 1131ts, 1147ta.
NYDM
1 Jan 1910
p. 17r.
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LITERARY
Based on the opera Faust , music by Charles Gounod, libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré (Paris, 19 Mar 1859).
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 December 1909
Copyright Claimant:
Edison Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
24 December 1909
Copyright Number:
J136439-J136443
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
990 , 1000
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

“An old man bargains with the devil for the sale of his soul in return for the temporary gifts of youth and its consequences. Dr. Faust at the time of the compact is an old man and, being changed by the power of Mephistopheles into a young one, of course, has a good time. He wins the love of a young woman, sends her to the bad and ultimately goes there himself.”—15 Jan 1910 Moving Picture World ... +


“An old man bargains with the devil for the sale of his soul in return for the temporary gifts of youth and its consequences. Dr. Faust at the time of the compact is an old man and, being changed by the power of Mephistopheles into a young one, of course, has a good time. He wins the love of a young woman, sends her to the bad and ultimately goes there himself.”—15 Jan 1910 Moving Picture World +



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