Herr Tartüff (Tartuffe)
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How typical of the great German director F. W. Murnau that he used Moliere's scathing satirical comedy Tartuffe as a launching pad for an extended exercise in expressionism. Emil Jannings plays the title character, a religious hypocrite who capitalizes upon the piety of others to line his own pockets. Lusting after Elmire (Lil Dagover), the daughter of gullible millionaire Orgon (Werner Krauss), Tartuffe all but convinces Orgon to hand over Elmire -- and all his land holdings -- on a silver platter in exchange for Divine absolution. On the verge of triumphantly taking over Orgon's… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The mise en scene is beautifully modulated and the performances -- by Emil Jannings, Lil Dagover, and Werner Krauss, among others -- are first-rate."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Whatever else may be said about it, the picture is heavy and primitive."
‑ , New York Times
"One of the first post-modern films (in which characters watch and are aware of films)."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of silent cinema's most rigorous formalist exercises"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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