"A sweeping, lavishly mounted, fascinating, imaginative restatement of the Faust legend." - The New York Times
"One of the great films." - The New York Herald Tribune
Michel Simon and Gerard Philipe star in this imaginative retelling of the Faust legend. Approaching the end of his life, a prominent professor of alchemy (Simon) makes a bargain with the devil that will gain him youth, fame, and riches in exchange for his soul. Master filmmaker Rene Clair creates an allegorical fantasy that is at times both whimsical and tragicomic.