Jan Švankmajer's film Faust was made in the Czech Republic in 1994. It merges live-action footage with stop-motion footage and includes imaginative puppetry and claymation. The Faust character is played by Petr Čepek. The film was produced by Jaromír Kallista. Although the film does not serve to accurately portray the Faustus legend, it utilizes the legend in a rather imaginative way, borrowing and blending elements from the story as told by Goethe and Christopher Marlowe with traditional folk renditions. It has a distinctly Modernist, Absurdist, Kafkaesque feel, especially with the setting in Prague. The tone is dark but humorous. The voices in the English version were provided by Andrew Sachs.
The next day, he goes to the spot indicated and enters a large darkened building from which a man rushes in apparent fear. The man presses on into the interior and descends to a dressing room, where he finds a charred script, a robe embroidered with sigils, greasepaint, a wig and beard and a cap. Sitting down he arrays himself as Faust and speaks to himself, (the first words spoken in the film) Faust's opening declaration of intent to follow black magic. A stage light begins to flash and a buzzer sounds indicating ‘actors onstage’. Faust rises and makes his way through the backstage area, past a dressing room full of shrieking chorus girls and a resting marionette to the stage. He peeps through the closed curtains and sees an audience assembling. Struck with stage fright, he pulls off his costume and wipes off his makeup. Looking around, he sees various theatrical stage-hands who regard him in a challenging way. He looks for a way to escape, opens his clasp knife and cuts and exit through the cardboard backdrop to find himself in the darkness of a Gothic vault. He walks on until his come to an alchemist's laboratory, with alembics, bottles, skulls, candles and a grimoire. He opens the stove and blows the embers under a large retort. They flare up and he leaps back. The liquid in the retort starts to bubble. Insects, birds skeletons scuttle over the table as the liquid thrashes about, eventually resolving itself into a foetus, then a child. The man smashes the retort and carries the homunculus to the grimoire. Writing magic sigils on a piece of paper, he fold it and, using his knife, inserts it into the golem's mouth. The clay child awakes and sits up, looking around. The child's face morphs three times first into a boy's, then into the face of the man (the protagonist himself), then into a mocking, laughing skull. The man becomes angry (for being reminded of his eventual death) and crushes the clay figure, who only 'dies' after he retrieves and tears up the magic paper.
A stage backdrop falls from above. Then descends a huge wooden marionette of a good Angel who proceeds to warn Faustus from practicing black magic. The angel departs. There is a clap of theatrical thunder and the head of a Demon is seen rolling down a mountainside to take the stage. The demon exhorts Faustus to practice black magic. The fiend departs. A servant enters and tells Faustus that two men are waiting outside for him. Faustus rises and leaves. A Fool enters and begins reading Faustus’ grimoire. Faust leaves through the exit door, which leads to a small tavern. There he sits down with the two men for a drink, although none of them engage in any conversation and rarely make eye contact. One of the men slides the everyman a bag from underneath the table which contains a cat of nine tails, an incense lantern, a robe, and a magic circle. Back at the stage, the jester is having difficulty understanding the grimoire, and so he sits on it, explaining "that the things his poor brain can't comprehend...may do better in the other end!"