Tartuffe DVD

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F. W. Murnau made this film adaptation of Moliere's satire for UFA in 1925 and it was released in 1926, prior to Faust. By presenting the play as a film-within-a-film, Murnau takes the opportunity to place the material in a contemporary setting, sandwiched inside a morality lesson about greed and hypocrisy.

A devious housekeeper convinces her master to cut his worthy grandson out of his will and to leave the riches to her instead. The grandson, disguised as the projectionist of a travelling cinema show, flatters his way into the home to project a film of Tartuffe in an attempt to open his grandfather's eyes. Emil Jannings plays Tartuffe with creepy panache in a tour-de-force turn alongside Lil Dagover and Werner Krauss.

Unjustly neglected for decades, perhaps because of its low-key nature compared with Murnau's more grand masterpieces, this delightful curiosity is more than a mere trifle. Tartuffe affirms Murnau as a master of multifarious cinematic disciplines: from the set-based dreams of Faust and Sunrise, to the naturalist landscapes of Nosferatu, City Girl, and Tabu. In Tartuffe we find an intimate Murnau, relying on close-ups and the performances of his actors to create magic.

Tartuffe was first released in the UK in 1928. This DVD contains the only surviving version of the film. Restored in 2002 by the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, Berlin - Koblenz and the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stifung of Wiebaden, Germany., F. W. Murnau made this film adaptation of Moliere's satire for UFA in 1925 and it was released in 1926, prior to Faust. By presenting the play as a film-within-a-film, Murnau takes the opportunity to place the material in a contemporary setting, sandwiched inside a morality lesson about greed and hypocrisy.

A devious housekeeper convinces her master to cut his worthy grandson out of his will and to leave the riches to her instead. The grandson, disguised as the projectionist of a travelling cinema show, flatters his way into the home to project a film of Tartuffe in an attempt to open his grandfather's eyes. Emil Jannings plays Tartuffe with creepy panache in a tour-de-force turn alongside Lil Dagover and Werner Krauss.

Unjustly neglected for decades, perhaps because of its low-key nature compared with Murnau's more grand masterpieces, this delightful curiosity is more than a mere trifle. Tartuffe affirms Murnau as a master of multifarious cinematic disciplines: from the set-based dreams of Faust and Sunrise, to the naturalist landscapes of Nosferatu, City Girl, and Tabu. In Tartuffe we find an intimate Murnau, relying on close-ups and the performances of his actors to create magic.

Tartuffe was first released in the UK in 1928. This DVD contains the only surviving version of the film. Restored in 2002 by the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, Berlin - Koblenz and the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stifung of Wiebaden, Germany.

Special Features:

  • 16-page booklet with a new essay by film historian R. Dixon Smith
  • Gallery containing 58 rare production stills
  • New piano score by Javier Perez De Azpeitia
  • Tartuffe - The Lost Film, a new 37-minute documentary by Murnau scholar Luciano

Product Details

Actor:
  • Lil Dagover,
  • Emil Jannings,
  • Werner Krauss,
  • Rosa Valetti
Director:
  • F.W. Murnau
Region:
  • 2
Aspect Ratio:
  • Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Subtitle Languages:
  • German, English
Studio:
  • Masters of Cinema
Certificate:
  • U

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