The Date: March 19
The Movie: Faust (1926)
What Is It?: F.W. Murnau used the hoary parable of Dr. Faustus selling his soul to Old Scratch as a leaping-off point for some of the director's most striking images. Forget the proselytizing and focus on puppet demons galloping through the cosmos on horseback, a demonic contract flaming into existence without pen ever touching parchment, and a Godzilla-sized Satan looming over the village he is about to plague with the plague.
Why Today?: On this day in 1859, Charles Gounod’s Faust opera premiers at Paris’ Théâtre Lyrique.