Mephistophelian


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In "The Birthmark," the ambitious scientist Aylmer attempts to remove a birthmark on his wife's cheek with the help of a new medicine he develops in his laboratory with the assistance of his mephistophelian servant Aminadab, an experiment which ends with the successful removal of the birthmark, but also with the death of his wife.
No one knew better the Mephistophelian art of summoning his dark side.
He portrays Speer as a modern Faust, brilliant and cultured but weak in character, who, unaware of the infernal depths to which his ambition would take him, made a pact with the Mephistophelian Hitler.
Played as a slightly broader comedy, pic could have worked much better--as would the unrealistic conclusion, during which the Mephistophelian angle becomes explicit.
Milan Hlavsa's voice casts a spell of allegory, as though Max yon Sydow's backward-counting hypnotic-suggestion narration in Zentropa had been transposed into a new idiom: the Edenic promises of the 1960s instead of the Mephistophelian ones of the 1940s.
(This devil is not the Mephistophelian kind; in most Latvian fairy tales a herder of cows, a boy not older than ten, is able to outwit him.)
"Arthur Dent is my kind of everyman, and Ford Prefect is kind of Mephistophelian," says Douglas.
But these creatures were later turned into the Mephistophelian figures which were connected to greed and shape-changing.
Then there was Funny Girt the musical, and Funny Girl, the film, with Walter Pidgeon as Flo and Omar Sharif as Nicky Arnstein without Nick's Norwegian blue eyes--it was almost as K the film had captured Brice's own mytholepsy, where the duckling becomes a magnificent swan, where the brooding Mephistophelian Omar Sharif is more like Arnold Rothstein than the bumbling Nick, and a Second Hand Rose is much, much more vibrant than any Rose of Washington Square.
Barry was a sunny fellow whose face had a pleasingly Mephistophelian aspect, with a neat goatee and a shaved head atop which unnecessary sunglasses were perched.
Not only do Bhuria and Lali transform their appearances and acquire multiple resources of Mephistophelian cunning that belie their humble backgrounds, they also display a disconcerting worldly comfort in using instruments of finance and technology--cell phones, expensive cars, gadgets, weapons, and media of communication.
Bedraggled, unshaven and with Mephistophelian orange-tinted glasses, veteran cop Louis Schneider (Auteuil, almost unrecognizable) is first seen drunkenly arguing with a bus driver and pulling a gun on the bus' occupants--only to get arrested and carpeted by his superiors.