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Review: 'Faust' bargains with devil, loses
Review: 'Faust' bargains with devil, loses

Alexander Sokurov's "Faust" is a grueling side show of a film, a morbid, mightily uninvolving piece adapted, as have been so many works before it, from the allegorical play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. That the picture won the 2011 Venice Film Festival's top prize, the Golden Lion, is as baffling as the movie itself. This is not to say a great deal of effort didn't go into mounting and shooting this nightmarish concoction, the fourth in Sokurov's filmic tetralogy on the nature of power (after 1999's "Moloch," 2000's "Taurus" and 2005's "The Sun"). In re-creating the foul, impoverished early-19th century German...

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