Movie 6min

The Beautiful Margaret (1910)

Original title: Le Tout Petit Faust
Faust makes a deal with the devil and tries to win the hand of Marguerite.
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Facts
Director Émile Cohl
Country France
Language French
Titles
(Original) Le Tout Petit Faust
(Short) Petit Faust
Production
Distribution
Categories
Angels Animation Based on Play Black and White Comedy Dolls Drama Duel Fantasy Gothic Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Pact with the Devil Short Silent Film Stopmotion Temptation The Devil
Descriptions

The events that transpire in the drama are too well known to require reiteration here. All showmen and most auditors are familiar with the story. This makes the burlesque possible, for without a common knowledge of the original drama a portion of the comedy would be lost. The various parts are played by puppets in the hands of clever and careful operators.

Source: Moving Picture World


First Faust that is made entirely with puppets. Adaptation is made from the first part of Goethe's dramatic poem. The puppets were dressed by Suzanne Cohl who is the wife of Emile Cohl, the Director of the film.

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Cast
Unavailbale.
Crew
Suzanne Delpy - Production Design (Costumes)
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Author (Play)
Émile Cohl - Director
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Puppetry of old

I've not seen many old puppet films, and this one seems underwhelming - maybe because the Faust story is a bit complex. I do manage to follow somehow as I've seen the previously available Faust films, and this is inspired by them in many ways. In the few minutes this last, it is no room for the whole story, but we get to at least see the part where Faust interacts with the Devil and with Margaret. The animation is a bit jagged, maybe a fault of the dolls used, and sometimes the characters are too similar to tell who is who(except for Margaret). Other than that, it is watchable and cute in its own way - and as an early stop motion, it is also part of history.