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Fine Rendition of Famous Play by Moliere, continental dramatist, the oft over-looked French Equivalent of Shakespeare
2 March 2008 | by (Oakland, CA) – See all my reviews

Tartuffe, written by the 17th-century playwright Moliere who lived under the patronage of King Louis XIV, is as relevant today as it was in the 1600's. After its premiere in 1664, it was attacked by French Catholic fanatics who interpreted the play as a criticism against the Roman Catholic Church, which was already reeling from the Protestant Reformation during the 16th century. Louis XIV and the general French public admired it, but the king did, for a time, suppress the play because of pressure from these aristocratic Catholics. However, despite the censorship, Tartuffe has become a standard in the theatrical repertoire and regarded as a masterpiece of political and religious commentary, as daring as any of the plays by William Shakespeare.

Ironically, Tartuffe does not propagate against religious belief and/or practice, but it does put into question religious fanaticism and blind loyalty, hence its relevance today as 350 years ago. Briefly, the story concerns a wealthy lord named Orgon who has taken into his house a kind of ascetic wanderer named Tartuffe. Tartuffe preaches religious piety and gratitude daily to Orgon, who has become enthralled and rather mesmerized by this man who was homeless before the lord of the house opened his doors to him. When anyone questions Tartuffe's motives, Orgon is the first to defend the man he regards as his spiritual adviser. But as the play unfolds, we learn that Tartuffe has ulterior motives that cast a shadow of doubt upon his supposedly religious humility, pious wisdom, and unselfish devotion. Despite its rather serious subject, humor permeates all through Tartuffe rendering it a masterful theatrical blend of comedy and drama from start to finish. In other words, there is never a dull moment until the climax when all is revealed.

The TV-movie in question, which has the look and feel of a 17th-century play rather than a movie, is an excellent English-language rendition of probably Moliere's most famous play. Of course, the standout is Donald Moffat as Tartuffe who gives a tour-de-force performance as the wily and unpredictable Tartuffe, who can discourse himself out of almost any situation. The rest of the cast is equally superb, with a very subtle and interesting performance by Tammy Grimes as Orgon's wife Elmire who begins to see through Tartuffe's charade. And look for the very young Victor Garber (of Godspell and Titanic fame) as the young suitor Valere. All around a breath of fresh air, considering the cookie-cutter output of most of Hollywood today. The film would also make terrific viewing followed by discussion for young people.


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