New Movies: Doctor Faustus

NEW MOVIES Doctor Faustus Lots of grads bring their wives back to the old school and ham it up for home movies — but this is ridiculous.

Richard Burton is charging admission.

The Burton version of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus was cooked up in 1966 with the help of his old drama coach at the Oxford University Dramatic Society, plus 48 undergraduate actors, plus Wife Elizabeth. Every body involved got a kick out of doing it, but Marlowe got the boot. Burton and Professor Nevill Coghill cropped lines, gouged passages, transplanted speeches and transposed sequences with complete indifference to the original.

They even...