Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage (1926)

Germany, 1925-1926
85m; 116m (1997 restored version), 2484 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

A German fantasy film directed by F.W. Murnau.

Plot Summary

To settle their battle over the fate of the Earth, God and Satan wager on the soul of a young alchemist, Faust and Satan sends Mephisto to tempt him to his side.


Director: F.W. Murnau
Producer: Erich Pommer
Play: Faust by Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Intertitles: Gerhart Hauptmann, Hans Kyser
Assistant Director: Hans Rameau
Director of Photography: Carl Hoffmann
Assistant Camera: Erich Grohmann
Photographic Consultant: Charles Rosher
Stills Photographer: Hans Natge
Music: Werner R. Heymann; Erno Rapee; Wolfgang Dauner, Rolf Unkel (1976); Daniel Schnyder (1999)
Costume Designers: Georges Annenkov, Robert Herlth, Walter Röhrig
Make-up Artist: Waldemar Jabs
Art Directors: Robert Herlth, Walter Röhrig
Assistant Art Director: Arno Richter
Property Master: Robert Basilice

Gösta Ekman (Faust)
Emil Jannings (Mephisto)
Camilla Horn (Gretchen (Marguerite in English language prints))
Frida Richard (Gretchen’s mother (Marguerite’s mother in English language prints))
Wilhelm Dieterle (Valentin, Gretchens brother (Marguerite’s brother in English language prints))
Yvette Guilbert (Marthe Schwerdtlein, Gretchens aunt (Marguerite’s aunt in English language prints)
Eric Barclay (Herzog von Parma)
Hanna Ralph (Herzogin von Parma)
Werner Fuetterer (Archangel)

Alternative Titles

Faust – Austria
Fausto – Argentina, Brazil, Portugugal, Spain

See also
La beauté du diable (1950)

Extracts included in
Los 5 Faust de F.W. Murnau (2002)
Camilla Horn sieht sich als Gretchen in Murnaus Stummfilm Faust (1982)
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995)
Faust im Film (1983)
Kingdom of Shadows (1998)
Die Sprache der Schatten (2007)



  • The Devil on Screen: Feature Films Worldwide, 1913 Through 2000 by Charles P. Mitchell pp.121-124
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.33-34
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.130
  • Silent Films, 1877-1996: A Critical Guide to 646 Movies by Robert K. Klepper pp.357-358
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy by David Pringle (general ed.) p.41 – credits, review