The Norman Studios Silent Film Museum and the Hotel Indigo® Jacksonville will screen the mammoth 1926 hit Faust, helmed by famed German director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, at the next Silent Sundays event October 20, 4pm.
In this deal-with-the-devil drama, God and Satan are at war over earth. To settle things, they wager on the soul of Faust, a learned and prayerful alchemist. Satan sends Mephisto to tempt Faust, first with insight into treating a devastating plague and then with a day's return to youth. Mephisto is clever, timing the end of this 24 hours just as Faust embraces the beautiful Duchess of Parma. Faust trades his soul for youth but soon deems his choice a mistake, demanding that Mephisto take him home – just before losing his heart once again to the beautiful Gretchen. Is there redemption – and for whom? Who wins the wager?
Jacksonville University's Tony Steve and the Silver Synchro Sounds will provide live musical accompaniment. Tickets are $5 and available at the door (cash or credit) and online.
Silent Sundays proceeds support efforts of the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing public knowledge of Northeast Florida's early film industry and the preservation and restoration of Jacksonville’s only remaining silent film studio. The Norman Studios was among the nation's first to produce films starring all African American casts. Find out more at normanstudios.org.