Faust makes a deal with the devil and tries to win the hand of Marguerite.
The Beautiful Margaret (1910)
Original title: Le Tout Petit Faust
(Original) Le Tout Petit Faust
(Short) Petit Faust
(USA) Kleine Optical Company
CategoriesAngels Animation Based on Play Black and White Comedy Dolls Drama Duel Fantasy Gothic Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Pact with the Devil Short Silent Film Stop-Motion Temptation The Devil AnimationComedyDramaFantasyShortAngels, Based on Play, Black and White, Dolls, Duel, Gothic, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Pact with the Devil, Silent Film, Stop-Motion, Temptation, The Devil
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.
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.