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Henri Faust, retiring after 50 years as a professor in a circa-1700 French university, despairs at the ravages of old age ... whereupon Mephistopheles, agent of Lucifer, appears as a virile, handsome young man and exchanges bodies with him to induce Faust to sign a pact to exchange his soul for renewed youth, riches and power. But though the "new" Faust is attracted by the material improvements in his life, he remains wary of signing, while Mephistopheles, now posing as the aged professor whose body he inhabits, must find a way to trick him into signing the pact - and dissuade him from the love of a gypsy girl who prays for his soul - or find himself damned by his own Master...

  1. René Clair

    Director, Screenplay

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  1. Michel Simon

    Michel Simon

    Mephistopheles / Elderly Henri Faust

  2. Gérard Philipe

    Gérard Philipe

    Young Henri Faust / Mephistopheles as a young man

  3. Nicole Besnard

    Nicole Besnard

    Marguerite, the gypsy girl

  4. Raymond Cordy

    Antoine, the professor's servant

  5. Carlo Ninchi

    Carlo Ninchi

    le prince

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The Beauty of the Devil
The Beauty of the Devil



Original Title La Beauté du diable

Status Released

Release Information

  • January 1, 1950


Original Language French

Runtime 1h 36m

Budget -

Revenue -



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