Doctor Faustus

Synopsis: Faustus is a scholar at the University of Wittenberg when he earns his doctorate degree. His insatiable appetite for knowledge and power leads him to employ necromancy to conjure Mephistopheles out of hell. He bargains away his soul to Lucifer in exchange for living 24 years during which Mephistopheles will be his slave. Faustus signs the pact in his own blood and Mephistopheles reveals the works of the devil to Faustus.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min


Settle thy studies, Faustus.

And begin to sound the depth

of that thou wilt profess.

"Settle thy studies, Faustus.

"And begin to sound the depth

of that thou wilt profess."

Having commenced, be a divine in show...

yet level at the end of every art.

And live and die...

in Aristotle's works.

Sweet Analytics,

'tis thou hast ravished me.

Is to dispute well logic's chiefest end?

Affords this art no greater miracle?

Then read no more,

thou hast attained the end.

A greater subject fitteth Faustus' wit.

Be a physician, Faustus, heap up gold,

and be eternized for some wondrous cure.

The end of physic is our body's health.

Couldst thou make man to live eternally,

or, being dead...

raise them to life again...

then this profession were to be esteemed.

Physic, farewell.

Jerome's Bible, Faustus. View it well.

The reward of sin is death.

That's hard.

If we say we have no sin,

we deceive ourselves...

and there is no truth in us.

Why then, belike we must sin...

and so consequently die.

We must die...

an everlasting death.

What doctrine call you this?

Que ser, ser:

What will be, shall be.

Divinity, adieu.

What a world of profit and delight.

Of power, of honor, of omnipotence...

is promised to the studious artisan.

All things that move between the quiet poles

shall be at my command.

These metaphysics of magicians

and necromantic books are heavenly.

Lines, circles, scenes,

letters, and characters...

these are those that Faustus most desires.

Emperors and kings

are but obeyed in their several provinces.

But his dominion that exceeds in this...

stretcheth as far as doth the mind of man.

A sound magician is a mighty god.

Here, Faustus.

Tire thy brains to gain a deity.


Commend me to my dearest friends,

the worthy Valdes and Cornelius.

- Request them earnestly to visit me.

- I will, sir.

Their conference will be a greater help

to me than all my labors...

plod I ne'er so fast.

- My master, Faustus, bids you--

- Bids us come to him.

We know it, boy. We know.

Faustus, lay that damned book aside

and gaze not on it...

lest it tempt thy soul

and heap God's heavy wrath upon thy head.

Read, read the scriptures.

That is blasphemy.

Go forward, Faustus, in that famous art...

wherein all nature's treasury is contained.

Be thou on earth as Jove is in the sky...

Lord and commander of these elements.

How am I glutted with conceit of this!

Shall I make spirits fetch me

what I please?

Resolve me of all ambiguities,

perform what desperate enterprise I will?

I'll have them fly to India for gold.

Ransack the ocean for orient pearl.

And search all corners

of the newfound world...

for pleasant fruits and princely delicates.

I'll have them read me strange philosophy...

and tell the secrets of all foreign kings.

I'll have them wall all Germany

with brass...

and make swift Rhine circle fair Wittenberg.

I'll have them fill the public schools

with silk...

wherewith the students

shall be bravely clad.

I'll levy soldiers with

the coin they bring...

and reign sole king of all our provinces.

The learned Valdes and Cornelius.

Come, worthy Valdes and Cornelius...

and make me blest

with your sage conference.

Valdes, sweet Valdes, and Cornelius...

know your words have won me at the last

to practice magic and concealed arts.

Yet not your words only,

but mine own fantasy...

which will receive no object for my head

but ruminates on necromantic skill.

'Tis magic, magic, that hath ravished me.

These books....

Thy wit....

...and our experience.

...shall make all nations to canonize us.

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Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe, also known as Kit Marlowe (; baptised 26 February 1564 – 30 May 1593), was an English playwright, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. Marlowe was the foremost Elizabethan tragedian of his day. He greatly influenced William Shakespeare, who was born in the same year as Marlowe and who rose to become the pre-eminent Elizabethan playwright after Marlowe's mysterious early death. Marlowe's plays are known for the use of blank verse and their overreaching protagonists. A warrant was issued for Marlowe's arrest on 18 May 1593. No reason was given for it, though it was thought to be connected to allegations of blasphemy—a manuscript believed to have been written by Marlowe was said to contain "vile heretical conceipts". On 20 May, he was brought to the court to attend upon the Privy Council for questioning. There is no record of their having met that day, however, and he was commanded to attend upon them each day thereafter until "licensed to the contrary". Ten days later, he was stabbed to death by Ingram Frizer. Whether or not the stabbing was connected to his arrest remains unknown. more…

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