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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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Filmed February to April 1925, on Agfa and Kodak material, using a Pathé-Industriel camera.See more »
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Featured in Los 5 Faust de F.W. Murnau (2002) (V)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
It's still Murnau, 8 November 2007
Author: VanRippestein from Zutphen, Holland

This is the fourth Murnau i've seen, after Nosferatu, Sunrise and Faust. I admire the work of Murnau for it's beautiful compositions an camera movement. Murnau is able to translate the mood he want's to set into composition and movement without being artsy for the sake of it.

Tartuffe has quiet a story behind it. Apparently, Murnau was forced by contract to make this film. So this film is to Murnau what Spartacus was to Kubrick. Even though it's still a Murnau picture: again Murnau knows how to give a quiet flat story more depth by suggestion and style. I liked the film, it's hasn't got the outdoors scene's that Sunrise and Nosferatu had, or the huge sets and special effect of Faust, but still it remains an exciting film. Don't hold back by the negative reviewers of the film, this is, by all means, not a bad film. It's just that Murnau made so much breathtaking stuff in his other work, that this film seems not so historical interesting. But if you're a fan of Murnau's other work I'm sure you'll like this as well. Make sure you'll watch the Masters of Cinema edition. It has a great documentary about the making of this film. It gave me a lot of new insights about the film and about Murnau.

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