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Tartuffe (1925)




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Movie Info

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.

February 13, 2007 | Full Review…

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

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

One of silent cinema's most rigorous formalist exercises

April 19, 2010 | Full Review…

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…

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

February 20, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 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.

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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