Herr Tartüff (Tartuffe) (1925)
Critic Reviews for Herr Tartüff (Tartuffe)
The mise en scene is beautifully modulated and the performances -- by Emil Jannings, Lil Dagover, and Werner Krauss, among others -- are first-rate.
Whatever else may be said about it, the picture is heavy and primitive.
A dramatically satisfying and technically accomplished picture, with Karl Freund's shadowy cinematography the highlight.
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Audience Reviews for Herr Tartüff (Tartuffe)
A morality play towards hypocrisy, in this case due to religious fanaticism in the name of the phony. The mockery heavyload is pointed towards hypocrisy not towards religion. The religion itself its just the crooks method. I can only speculate if Murnau vision on religion is poision.
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.
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.
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