This is the first Maurice Tourneur film I have ever seen. I did see several from his son Jacques.
Carnival of Sinners, also known as The Hand of the Devil, is a creepy, kinda noirish tale of a painter who makes a bargain for riches and success before thinking of the consequences. It's a fun, lean old school horror film that has some serious nods to German Expressionism and it has a nice, wry sense of humor. I was also amused by Pierre Palau's portrayal of the Devil. He plays the lord of the underworld as a calm and very polite little old man.
It's not the first time you've seen this kind of interpretation of the Faust story, but Carnival of Sinners is entertaining enough to keep your attention during its, admittedly, fairly short running time. At its best, the movie reminded me of the short horror stories I used to read as a kid. Definitely worth digging up