Spoiler Free Synopsis
A learned scholar makes a deal with the Devil and won’t shut up about it
This 1967 vanity flick stars Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor (naturally), and Andreas Teuber. It was adapted by Nevill Coghill from a play by Christopher Marlowe. Richard Burton and Nevill Coghill directed.
So in the reboot so far we’ve had an example of a full review and an example of a Golden Oldie. Now it’s time for the short review. The kind of review where I have little to say on the Subject. The flick can be good, bad, or meh, it doesn’t matter. I don’t have the words, we go short.
I try not to let it happen too often, but it does happen.
Anyways, on with the show.
To summarize, as the title suggest, Doctor Faustus deal with the legendary scholar who bargained with Mephistopheles to gain supernatural power for twenty four years. Why twenty four? Beats me. Doesn’t matter the length, as turns out no number of years is long enough.
It stars Richard Burton in it, and one hopes the viewer likes Burton’s acting, for he’s seldom off the screen for long. Seems like he never shuts up, either. As noted, his then wife Elizabeth Taylor shows up. If the viewer likes her acting, there’s going to be disappointment, as she doesn’t have a line of dialogue.
It looks and feels like a stage production. Which, of course, it was based on a play by Shakespeare’s contemporary, Christopher Marlowe. The story itself seems to go on and on, with Faustus repenting then changing his mind then repenting again. Which ever the direction the wind was blowing.
There is no sense of time passing. It could have been twenty four years, it could have been in a single night. Hell, it could have been 90 minutes in length, like the film.
Honestly, I can see why Shakespeare kicked Christopher Marlowe’s butt in the play writing business.
Over all, the acting is good. Richard Burton’s a slice of ham, but that’s what we want out of Burton. Everyone else does as good a job as you’d want. Andreas Teuber deserves special mention as an excellent Mephistopheles.
That tis all the story said. To bore bore high schoolers there is no finer way. Though a few sky clad forms doth grace the proceedings. The play itself is but a shallow thing (1.0 point). Me thinks it doth offends me not, though seldom shall I risk its presence in future. (1.0 point.) Verily if thou hath not seen it, be it not in a rush to do likewise.
Um… the movie might have had an effect on my speech patterns…