Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
United Kingdom, 1967. Nassau Films, Oxford University Screen Productions, Venfilms. Screenplay by Nevill Coghill, Wolf Mankowitz, based on the play The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. Cinematography by Gabor Pogany. Produced by Richard Burton, Richard McWhorter. Music by Mario Nascimbene. Production Design by John DeCuir. Costume Design by Peter J. Hall. Film Editing by John Shirley.
Incomprehensibly bad adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s popular play stars Richard Burton as Dr. Faustus. Burton also directs this ridiculously boring mess, which features wife Elizabeth Taylor as Helen of Troy. Seeing her face, which really could launch a thousand ships, may be enough for some fans, but otherwise there’s nothing to recommend it. Marlowe’s Faust sells his soul to the devil in order to possess the woman he loves so dearly. His descent into hell is the prime basis of the action, though it’s too silly to be impressive either as horror or just good drama.