- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 2, 2004
- Originally Released: 1968
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium'"
- Doctor Faustus (RICHARD BURTON) refers to the beauty of Helen of Troy (ELIZABETH TAYLOR).
In his thirst for knowledge and power, Dr. Faustus (Richard Burton) shuns science and turns to magic. He summons the devil's minion Mephistopheles and makes a deadly deal with the devil. In exchange for being "Great Emperor of the World," and having the beautiful Helen of Troy (Elizabeth Taylor) for his concubine, Faustus promises Mephistopheles his soul. However, the price of power proves too high for Faustus, as earthly pleasures become insignificant in contrast with the loss of his immortal spirit.
After mounting a production of Christopher Marlowe's 16th century play "Doctor Faustus" for the stage, Burton embarked--with the help of Oxford University--on the weighty mission of putting Marlowe's immortal verse on film, and this was the result. Burton gives a typically strong performance in this curiosity full of strong, bizarre imagery.
Demonic Possession |
Devil / Demons
- Color by Technicolor.
- Released theatrically in the USA February 6, 1968.
- Shot on location in Rome, Italy, "Doctor Faustus" was a venture designed to commit to celluloid the production that Burton and his mentor Nevill Coghill had mounted at Oxford University in 1966, a year before the film went into production.
- Performance features members of the Oxford University Dramatic Society.