A very free adaptation of Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus', Goethe's 'Faust' and various other treatments of the old legend of the man who sold his soul to the devil. Svankmajer's Faust is a nondescript man who, after being lured by a strange map into a sinister puppet theatre, finds himself immersed in an indescribably weird version of the play, blending live actors, clay model animation and giant puppets.
Goethe's Faust is one of the highest peaks of German Romantic poetry, and fascinated composers across Europe: Berlioz, Liszt and Gounod were just some of the many entranced by its visionary power. Schumann too set what he called "Scenes from Goethe's Faust, but he made a point of selecting excerpts rather than using a libretto, focusing more on Part 2 of the play. The result is a work of astonishing passion, which includes some of the most dramatic music Schumann ever wrote, and some of the most beautiful as well, embracing elements of oratorio, opera, song and orchestral poem. Antoni Wit's recording has been acclaimed for "tempos which flow with unforced naturalness and real excitement".
Méphisto rend parfois visite au Seigneur, qui ne dédaigne pas de parler au diable. Surtout s'il s'agit de Faust, ce savant, ce magicien… Satan aimerait tellement le tenter, le faire trébucher, gagner son âme pour l'éternité.
Le plus célèbre des romans allemands est " un roman de formation ", qui conduit le héros jusqu'à la fin de sa jeunesse. On suit le personnage dans ses égarements enthousiastes, avec un humour souriant. C'est aussi l'histoire d'une vocation théâtrale ; au centre, se trouve l'ombre de Shakespeare. …