Tartuffe (1925)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1925
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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

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Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

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New York Times

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

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

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Fernando F. Croce

One of silent cinema's most rigorous formalist exercises

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
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… More
Megan S
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.