Tartuffe Reviews

  • Oct 22, 2017

    A simple but very effective movie with didactic inclinations, though this fact doesn't spoil the impression of the movie. On the contrary its simple message isn't blurred or covered and serves the right purpose of pointing out hypocrites around you. The cast couldn't be more outstanding, such great actors comprise it. But while Krauss and Jannings are good as usual both portraying characters with one-sided natures - one is bewitched by the other's evil spell hidden under the fake mantle of holiness in order to achieve his mean goals - Lil Dagover is a real gem here, so passionately and vividly she portrays the desperate wife, the spectrum of her emotions varies greatly which is fascinating to behold. She earnestly loves her husband and would do anything to retrieve him back from the evil forces in the face of the repulsive Jannings. The shot at the end where she clasps her hands in a prayer thanking the Lord for the help is impressive: her mantle of holiness is clearly not fake. The structure of the film is surprisingly fresh for the time: film within film, especially when one character breaks the fourth wall and talks to the audience.

    A simple but very effective movie with didactic inclinations, though this fact doesn't spoil the impression of the movie. On the contrary its simple message isn't blurred or covered and serves the right purpose of pointing out hypocrites around you. The cast couldn't be more outstanding, such great actors comprise it. But while Krauss and Jannings are good as usual both portraying characters with one-sided natures - one is bewitched by the other's evil spell hidden under the fake mantle of holiness in order to achieve his mean goals - Lil Dagover is a real gem here, so passionately and vividly she portrays the desperate wife, the spectrum of her emotions varies greatly which is fascinating to behold. She earnestly loves her husband and would do anything to retrieve him back from the evil forces in the face of the repulsive Jannings. The shot at the end where she clasps her hands in a prayer thanking the Lord for the help is impressive: her mantle of holiness is clearly not fake. The structure of the film is surprisingly fresh for the time: film within film, especially when one character breaks the fourth wall and talks to the audience.

  • Apr 26, 2015

    another silent expressionistic gem from Murnau

    another silent expressionistic gem from Murnau

  • Mar 27, 2015

    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.

    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.

  • Aj V Super Reviewer
    Jun 02, 2011

    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.

    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.

  • Nov 15, 2010

    Nicht Murnaus bester Film, doch man sieht auch bei Herr Tartüff, dass Murnau einer der ganz großen Stummfilmregisseure war. Die Laufzeit von nur knapp 60 Minuten ist für meinen Geschmack ein wenig zu kurz geraten, eine zusätzliche Viertelstunde hätte dem Ganzen sicher gut getan. gute 3/5

    Nicht Murnaus bester Film, doch man sieht auch bei Herr Tartüff, dass Murnau einer der ganz großen Stummfilmregisseure war. Die Laufzeit von nur knapp 60 Minuten ist für meinen Geschmack ein wenig zu kurz geraten, eine zusätzliche Viertelstunde hätte dem Ganzen sicher gut getan. gute 3/5

  • Nov 06, 2010

    F.W. Murnau's fable in how you are not suppose to trust everyone that you come across, that works great with the clash of two of the best silent German actors Emil Jannings and Werner Krauss. An old man's housekeeper trys hard to get her old master to write out the letter that will leave her with everything in this will. This is when the old man's grandson shows up and witnesses the housekeeper poisoning the old man. The grandson is kicked out only to return with a play and in costume to show the old man the errors of his decisions in trusting people. Not the best film from Murnau that does have a great cast that raises it to classic statis.

    F.W. Murnau's fable in how you are not suppose to trust everyone that you come across, that works great with the clash of two of the best silent German actors Emil Jannings and Werner Krauss. An old man's housekeeper trys hard to get her old master to write out the letter that will leave her with everything in this will. This is when the old man's grandson shows up and witnesses the housekeeper poisoning the old man. The grandson is kicked out only to return with a play and in costume to show the old man the errors of his decisions in trusting people. Not the best film from Murnau that does have a great cast that raises it to classic statis.

  • Jul 29, 2010

    In einem famosen Stummfilmkonzert mit Tim und John Blue gesehen: Die düster dräuende Musikuntermalung arbeitete kongenial heraus, wie stark Murnau hier das Groteske der Komödie ins Unheimliche des Horrorfilms transzendieren lässt. Lustig ist hier wirklich nicht mehr viel; eher schon kann HERR TARTÜFF als eine Vorstudie zu NOSFERATU gelten.

    In einem famosen Stummfilmkonzert mit Tim und John Blue gesehen: Die düster dräuende Musikuntermalung arbeitete kongenial heraus, wie stark Murnau hier das Groteske der Komödie ins Unheimliche des Horrorfilms transzendieren lässt. Lustig ist hier wirklich nicht mehr viel; eher schon kann HERR TARTÜFF als eine Vorstudie zu NOSFERATU gelten.

  • Apr 08, 2010

    quite an effective social commentary, brimming with many great humor. Loves one quote near the end, and the closing lines too ! the fact that i watched this in a theatre full of orchestra only enhanced the experience !

    quite an effective social commentary, brimming with many great humor. Loves one quote near the end, and the closing lines too ! the fact that i watched this in a theatre full of orchestra only enhanced the experience !

  • Apr 07, 2010

    I was lucky enough to watch this accompanied by live orchestra because of Germany Ambassador's event here in Jakarta. Another great films from one of cinema's greatest silent directors. Murnau's Tartuffe isn't just a film inside a film, it's a moral painting and an amusing satire of hypocrisy, and it works perfectly with his expressionist style. But why the hell the picture of the film in rt is that ? It has no connection with the film at all !

    I was lucky enough to watch this accompanied by live orchestra because of Germany Ambassador's event here in Jakarta. Another great films from one of cinema's greatest silent directors. Murnau's Tartuffe isn't just a film inside a film, it's a moral painting and an amusing satire of hypocrisy, and it works perfectly with his expressionist style. But why the hell the picture of the film in rt is that ? It has no connection with the film at all !

  • Apr 07, 2010

    Another great films from one of cinema's greatest silent directors. Murnau's Tartuffe isn't just a film inside a film, it's a moral painting and an amusing satire of hypocrisy, and it works perfectly with his expressionist style.

    Another great films from one of cinema's greatest silent directors. Murnau's Tartuffe isn't just a film inside a film, it's a moral painting and an amusing satire of hypocrisy, and it works perfectly with his expressionist style.