Beauty and the Devil

Synopsis: Professor Henri Faust, retiring after 50 years as an alchemist in a circa-1700 university, despairs at still knowing nothing of the true secrets of nature...whereupon his old acquaintance Mephistopheles, servant of Lucifer, appears and grants him youth and a new life. But with youth, Faust's interest is diverted from science to women. And Mephistopheles, who has taken on the guise of the elderly Faust that was, sets many snares for his young friend's slippery soul...
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): René Clair
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins.
95 min

Listen to your heart. And look at

your veins. That's a bad sign.

- With your great discovery so near.

- I won't sell my soul.

Lucifer my master, may I make

an exception for this great man?


I'll give you time to finish

your research.

Without a pact?

- I won't mention one until you do.

- There's a catch somewhere.

I'm not asking for a commitment.

I'm giving you youth for free.

Look at yourself in the mirror.

What do you see?

The sad picture of my old age.

And now?

Now I see smoke and flames.

Look again and you will see a face...

...whose youth you envied.

It's yours now.

You're seeing yourself.

Your wish has been granted.

Where are you?

Call me and I'll come back.

My name is Mephistopheles.

Come back!

Sign our agreement and I'll be

your obedient servant.

Good luck, Faust. Enjoy my youth.

Is he better?

I think so.

It's the best medicine.

What happened to me?

You seemed to be gesticulating at

someone and then you passed out.

So we carried you in here.

So it's true.

Here he goes again.

Have some more medicine.

- What is it?

- Brandy.

I drank some of that

a long time ago.

- A very long time ago.

- Is that so?

- I'd like to stand up.

- Stand up then.

- Do you think I can?

- Try.

See that?

My legs really work.

It's quite amazing.



For many years, all I saw

through my glasses...

...were papers, words and figures.

I had forgotten there were...



...girls' faces.

Mademoiselle, how do I look?

Like a young man who doesn't know

what he's saying.

You said young?

Did you hear my voice?

- You're hurting?

- Sorry. I don't know my strength yet.

That'll teach you to know

your own strength.

My God!


I suddenly felt so weak.

A strange emptiness.

Maybe he goes hungry sometimes.

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René Clair

René Clair (11 November 1898 – 15 March 1981) born René-Lucien Chomette, was a French filmmaker and writer. He first established his reputation in the 1920s as a director of silent films in which comedy was often mingled with fantasy. He went on to make some of the most innovative early sound films in France, before going abroad to work in the UK and USA for more than a decade. Returning to France after World War II, he continued to make films that were characterised by their elegance and wit, often presenting a nostalgic view of French life in earlier years. He was elected to the Académie française in 1960. Clair's best known films include The Italian Straw Hat (1928), Under the Roofs of Paris (1930), Le Million (1931), À nous la liberté (1931), I Married a Witch (1942), and And Then There Were None (1945). more…

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