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Tartuffe (1925)




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In this film, Emil Jannings plays the title character, a religious hypocrite who capitalizes upon the piety of others to line his own pockets. Lusting after Elmire, the daughter of gullible millionaire Orgon, Tartuffe all but convinces Orgon to hand over Elmire in exchange for divine absolution.


Rose Valetti
as his housekeeper
Hermann Picha
as Herr Rat
Emil Jannings
as Tartuffe
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Critic Reviews for Tartuffe

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | February 13, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Whatever else may be said about it, the picture is heavy and primitive.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

One of silent cinema's most rigorous formalist exercises

Full Review… | April 19, 2010

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.

Full Review… | December 19, 2004
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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

Full Review… | February 20, 2004
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for 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.

Anders Ask
Anders Ask

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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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.

Megan S
Megan S

Super Reviewer

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