The Damnation of Faust (1903)
Original title: Faust aux enfers
(Alternative) Faust in Hell
(Original) Faust aux enfers
(Country Spesific) The Condemnation of Faust
(France) Georges Méliès
(USA, 1909) Alfred L. Harstyn & Co.
(USA, 1903) Georges Méliès
(USA, 1904) S. Lubin
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A grand fantastical fantasy in 15 motion tableaux, inspired by Berlioz’s celebrated song poem. Even though this film was filmed first as number 527-533 in the Star Film catalog, this is actually a continuation of the later filmed "Faust and Marguerite"(1904) numbered 562. "Faust and Marguerite" ends with the devil taking Faust to hell, while "The Damnation of Faust" is where it begins.
The Damnation of Faust is a really good Faust film as it is one of the first lengthy ones, covering 15 scenes. This does not hinder Georges Méliès to experiment and try out a handful of new effects. I would say the movie is a bit boring in the sense that there are so many scenes with Mephistoles dragging Faust along through hell, but luckily there are pauses with ballets and monsters in waterfalls in their descent until the grand finale.