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Molière (play)
Carl Mayer (manuscript)
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Release Date:
24 July 1927 (USA) See more »
Young man shows his millionaire grandfather a film based on Molière's Tartuffe, in order to expose the old man's hypocritical governess who covets his own inheritance. | Add synopsis »
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Hermann Picha ... Der Greis

Rosa Valetti ... Seine Haushälterin/Housekeeper
André Mattoni ... Sein Enkel/Grandson

Werner Krauss ... Herr Orgon

Lil Dagover ... Frau Elmire/Elmire, Orgon's wife
Lucie Höflich ... Dorine

Emil Jannings ... Tartüff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Camilla Horn

Directed by
F.W. Murnau 
Writing credits
Molière (play)

Carl Mayer (manuscript)

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
Original Music by
Giuseppe Becce 
Cinematography by
Karl Freund  (as Carl Freund)
Art Direction by
Robert Herlth 
Walter Röhrig 
Costume Design by
Robert Herlth 
Walter Röhrig 
Makeup Department
Waldemar Jabs .... makeup artist
Camilla Horn .... stunt double: Lil Dagover
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Baberske .... assistant camera
Music Department
Kurt Graunke .... conductor: new score
Frank Strobel .... conductor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Herr Tartüff" - Germany (original title)
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74 min | USA:70 min | Spain:63 min (DVD edition)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Four original negatives were cut: for Germany, France, USA, and export elsewhere. The German version is considered lost.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Los 5 Faust de F.W. Murnau (2002) (V)See more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Another wonderful Murnau film, 22 July 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

While this film does not have the amazing scenes with breathtaking cinematography like FAUST or SUNRISE, this Murnau film still does excel due to the camera-work and great care taken in its production. And, while not the very best silent film available, it's certainly among the better ones.

This story differs from Molière's play in that the entire play is actually part of a larger story--with a prologue and epilogue. The story begins with a rich old man living alone with his supposedly devoted housekeeper. She has convinced the man that his grandson is evil and should be disinherited because he is, oh, horrors, ACTOR!!! Instead, she's fooled him into making her the beneficiary. When the grandson shows up to say hello, the old man chases him away and it appears the housekeeper has won. However, given that the young man is an actor, he dresses up as a traveling showman and comes to the house to show them a film--TARTUFFE.

The film stars Emil Jannings as the evil priest, Tartuffe, who has fooled a rich nobleman into forsaking the pleasures of life and becoming an aesthetic, like him. But, the man's wife soon realizes the priest is a charlatan and much of the movie is spent trying to trap the priest in his lies. Naturally, all this is symbolic of the relationship between the housekeeper and the rich man.

The sets, direction and acting are all excellent. The acting is rather restrained compared to some silent films and the story is told in a brisk and watchable manner.

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