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Tartuffe - 1925 - DVD


The most gifted visual storyteller of the German silent era, F.W. Murnau crafted works of great subtlety and emotional complexity through his absolute command of the cinematic medium. Known for such dazzling films as Nosferatu (1922), The Last Laugh (1924), Faust (1926) and Sunrise (1927), Murnau was also drawn to more intimate dramas exploring the dark corners of the human mind.

In Tartuffe, he revisits Molière's fable of religious hypocrisy, in which a faithful wife (Lil Dagover) tries to convince her husband (Werner Krauss) that their morally superior guest, Tartuffe (Emil Jannings), is in fact a lecherous hypocrite with a taste for the grape. To endow the story with contemporary relevance, Murnau frames Molière's tale with a modern-day plot concerning a housekeeper's stealthy efforts to poison her elderly master and take control of this estate. 

Lil Dagover as Frau Elmire
Werner Krauss as Herr Orgon
Emil Jannings as Tartuffe

Director: F.W. Murnau

Format: DVD
Year: 1925
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 1hr 3min
Rating: N/A


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