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Pathé made a complete Faust film in 1904, although it is pretty unknown, but not lost. They re-released the film later under Pathé-Consortium with an intro and outro by Bétove, or Michel-Maurice Lévy, the French composer, and this is now it is preserved. The film is kept by Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé. There are also a few postcard pictures in the Pathé archives of this movie, dating it to 1904 and attributing it to Henri Andréani, Georges Fagot and Ferdinand Zecca, although Fagot's involvement in a movie like this, this early, seems improbable and just a mix up with the later version.
Appearance of Mephistonhélès in the smoke.
Faust sells his soul to Mephistopheles.
After hesitation, he signs the pact with his blood.
Metamorphosis of Faust into a young man.
(the Pathé rooster is inserted in this image)
Metamorphosis of Faust.
Happy Marguerite sings in front of her spinning wheel.
The arrival of Faust. Seduction scene.
Faust in search of Marguerite.
Marguerite arrives and enters the house with Faust.
Duel scene. Faust injured.
Faust is dying. Marguerite is weeping.
The vision of Marguerite's image.
Faust begs Mephistopheles to give him back his life.
Ride of Faust and Mephistopheles.
Appearance of an angel.
Marguerite expires in the arms of Faust, saved by her repentance.
Apotneosis of Marguerite .
This Faust movie, if indeed made in 1904, is one of the better ones of the time, telling the whole classical Faust story. Since it is a silent film it works very well as one, as the story is not lost on you but well presented. I must say, this is one of the more entertaining variants, and even if it gets some ideas from earlier Melies it stands fully on it's own. Very good, but a pity it is still very difficult to find.