1899. The mood of fin-de-siÃ¨cle Paris is one of the old order crumbling away, as ancient superstitions are replaced by scientific discoveries. The director of the ThÃ©Ã¢tre Tragicomique is intent on staging an updated version of Faust to usher in the new century -- and stave off bankruptcy. But some supernatural agency is determined to rewrite the play, striking dead every actor playing the part of Faust. Is it a manifestation of the Devil, as the superstitious believe, a bizarre side-effect of the universe making ways for new laws, as the positivists proclaim, or merely the magic of the theater?
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