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Tartuffe - The Masters of Cinema Series (DVD)

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Description

F.W. Murnau directs this silent drama based on Molière's satirical play which delivers a strong morality lesson about the evils of hypocrisy and greed. Set in a contemporary 1920s setting, the film tells the story of a devious housekeeper who convinces her master to cut his worthy grandson out of his will and leave the riches to her instead. The grandson responds by disguising himself as the projectionist of a travelling cinema show, and flatters his way into his grandfather's home, where he shows his film of 'Tartuffe' in an attempt to open his grandfather's eyes to his housekeeper's manipulations.

Product Details

Barcode
5060000401936
Department
Movies & TV
Released
24 Jan 2005
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Classic
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Studio
Eureka
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Other Documentary: 'Tartuffe - The Lost Film'
Runtime
64 min
Age Restriction
U
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Tartuffe
Release Year
1925
Running Time
63 min
Language
German
Alternate Title
F.W. Murnau's Tartuffe
Categories
Dramas / Betrayal / Murder / Religion / Silent / Silent Cinema / Silent Films / Suspense / Thriller
Synopsis
An expressionistic retelling of the classic Moliere story, Murnau contemporized his version by setting the exploration of morality and hypocrisy amidst a housekeeper's murder plot. Here, the housekeeper (Rosa Valetti) schemes to poison her employer (Hermann Picha) in order to take control of his estate and fortune. However, the employer's grandson (Andre Mattoni) becomes wise to her plot, and shows his grandfather a film of Moliere's TARTUFFE to expose her plan.
Cast & Crew
Director
F.W. Murnau
Star
Lil Dagover / Emil Jannings / Werner Krauss / Rosa Valetti
Screenwriter
Carl Mayer
Composer
Guiseppe Becce
Producer
Erich Pommer
Cinematographer
Karl Freund
Movie Critics
Sight and Sound
"[T]he film boasts a memorably grotesque performance from Emil Jannings..."
Geoffrey Macnab (1 Mar 2005, p.86)