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Herr Tartüff (Tartuffe)

Herr Tartüff (Tartuffe) (1925)

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How typical of the great German director F. W. Murnau that he used Moliere's scathing satirical comedy Tartuffe as a launching pad for an extended exercise in expressionism. Emil Jannings plays the title character, a religious hypocrite who capitalizes upon the piety of others to line his own pockets. Lusting after Elmire (Lil Dagover), the daughter of gullible millionaire Orgon (Werner Krauss), Tartuffe all but convinces Orgon to hand over Elmire -- and all his land holdings -- on a silver

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Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Carl Mayer, Molière

Nov 11, 2003

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The mise en scene is beautifully modulated and the performances -- by Emil Jannings, Lil Dagover, and Werner Krauss, among others -- are first-rate.

February 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Whatever else may be said about it, the picture is heavy and primitive.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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One of silent cinema's most rigorous formalist exercises

April 19, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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While the film is arguably minor Murnau, it remains highly agreeable and full of the director's characteristic visual inventiveness, albeit on a smaller scale.

December 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

One of the first post-modern films (in which characters watch and are aware of films).

February 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Herr Tartüff (Tartuffe)

I love how this movie uses Tartuffe as a story within a story to warn the audience of hypocrites. The character who's saying it, breaks the fourth wall to tell us this warning as well, which was cool. Plus the expressionistic style isn't as pronounced as in some other films, but it's there. Especially in the guy who plays Tartuffe. Murnau sure made some interesting films, I recommend seeing this movie, it's good.
June 2, 2011
ajv2688

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It was a silent movie, the first one I've ever seen. I think that it was pretty enjoyable actually. They sure picked a creepy guy to play Tartuffe.
March 22, 2010
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