Marguerite de la Nuit is filmmaker Claude Autant-Lara's spin on the "Faust" legend. Though updated to 1925, the story of the ageing pedant who sells his soul to Satan in exchange for youth and knowledge is fairly faithful to the Goethe original. The one major alteration is Satan's decision to "go easy" on the long-suffering Marguerite (played by Michele Morgan). His Satanic Majesty is portrayed with a surfeit of wry Gallic charm by Yves Montand. As Autant-Lara's follow-up to his classic Le Rouge et le Noir, Marguerite de la Nuit cannot help but disappoint; on its own, however, it's not bad.
by Hal Erickson synopsis