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22 May 2021 Lyon (France)
Orchestre national de Lyon conducted by Timothy Brock - Auditorium-Orchestre National de Lyon
An adaptation of Goethe's poem, Faust is a flagship of German expressionist cinema. He is accompanied in music by the Orchestre national de Lyon and Timothy Brock, who directs a score of his composition. Wilhelm Murnau.
Desperate to see that his science is not enough to save his home town from the plague, Doctor Faust signs with the devil a fatal pact ... Murnau's last German film, which then left for the United States (where he shot L'Aurore the following year), Faust stirs up several sources in a great visionary impulse, intermingling pictorial references (Böcklin, Rembrandt, Gustave Doré, …), Expressionist chiaroscuro and the scent of Wagnerian romanticism. Special effects, sets, lights: the technical perfection of this film fascinated Éric Rohmer, who devoted a long essay to it. Small bonus: it's Yvette Guilbert, the immortal interpreter of Madame Arthur, who plays the role of Marthe. The music of Timothy Brock, regular guest of the National Orchestra of Lyon and the biggest orchestras, carries this mystical and dark film of almost two hours and immerses us in this captivating fable, cornerstone of German expressionism.