Rent Tartuffe (1925)

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Synopsis:
F. W. Murnau made this film adaptation of Moliere's satire for UFA in 1925 and it was released in 1926, prior to Faust. By presenting the play as a film-within-a-film, Murnau takes the opportunity to place the material in a contemporary setting, sandwiched inside a morality lesson about greed and hypocrisy. A devious housekeeper convinces her master to cut his worthy grandson out of his will and to leave the riches to her instead. The grandson, disguised as the projectionist of a travelling cinema show, flatters his way into the home to project a film of Tartuffe in an attempt to open his grandfather's eyes.
Emil Jannings plays Tartuffe with creepy panache in a tour-de-force turn alongside Lil Dagover and Werner Krauss. Unjustly neglected for decades, perhaps because of its low-key nature compared with Murnau's more grand masterpieces, this delightful curiosity is more than a mere trifle. Tartuffe affirms Murnau as a master of multifarious cinematic disciplines: from the set-based dreams of Faust and Sunrise, to the naturalist landscapes of Nosferatu, City Girl, and Tabu. In Tartuffe we find an intimate Murnau, relying on close-ups and the performances of his actors to create magic. Tartuffe was first released in the UK in 1928.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Erich Pommer
Writers:
Molière, Carl Mayer
Aka:
Herr Tartüff
Studio:
Eureka
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Countries:
Germany, Classics, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/01/2005
Run Time:
64 minutes
Languages:
Silent
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Tartuffe - The Lost Film, a new 37-minute documentary by Murnau scholar Luciano Berriatua
  • New piano score by Javier Perez De Azpeitia
  • Gallery containing 58 rare production stills

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