F.W. Murnau's 1926 silent classic "Faust" will play at the Organ Loft this week, with live musical accompaniment on the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ by Blaine Gale.
The oft-performed "Faust" is based on the play by Goethe and stars Emil Jannings (who would win the first best-actor Oscar two years later) as Mephistopheles. But it is director Murnau's technical eloquence that marks this film's historical significance. The special effects and lighting are impressive, as is Murnau's fluid use of camera movement, for which he was an innovator.The Organ Loft's winter-spring series will continue over the next couple of months with Douglas Fairbanks' "The Gaucho" and Carl Theodore Dryer's "The Passion of Joan of Arc."
The film will be shown Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Organ Loft is at 3331 Edison St. (east of State, just south of 3300 South). All seats are $5. For reservations, phone 485-9265.