LE TOUT PETIT FAUST (1910)
Article 5348 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Emile Cohl
What it is: The Faust story with stop-motion puppets
Faust makes a deal with the devil and tries to win the hand of Marguerite.
Emile Cohl is a bit out of his usual element here in doing a five-minute adaptation of the first part of Goethe’s play with stop-motion puppets. I like Cohl, but I don’t think he was at his best with puppet animation; the movement seems pretty ragged to me. Nor does a five-minute condensation of the Faust story really do it justice, though we do have plenty of fantastic content, with Mephistopheles appearing and disappearing, and Marguerite eventually going to heaven. It’s probably best viewed as a curiosity, and it’s hardly Cohl’s best work.