Tartuffe (1925) - Rotten Tomatoes

Tartuffe (1925)




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Movie Info

In this film, Emil Jannings plays the title character, a religious hypocrite who capitalizes upon the piety of others to line his own pockets. Lusting after Elmire, the daughter of gullible millionaire Orgon, Tartuffe all but convinces Orgon to hand over Elmire in exchange for divine absolution.


Rose Valetti
as his housekeeper
Hermann Picha
as Herr Rat
Emil Jannings
as Tartuffe
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Critic Reviews for Tartuffe

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Directed by Mr. F. W. Murnau, who has made so many notable contributions to the development of screen technique, it is a decidedly interesting example of film virtuosity.

July 8, 2020 | Full Review…

The mise en scene is beautifully modulated and the performances -- by Emil Jannings, Lil Dagover, and Werner Krauss, among others -- are first-rate.

February 13, 2007

Whatever else may be said about it, the picture is heavy and primitive.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Tartuffe, thanks mainly to Emil Jannings' splendid performance, is a film to merit your considerate attention.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Murnau is, of course, an incredible visual stylist, and the golden-tinted hues of Karl Freund's cinematography are often breathtaking. But Tartuffe is ultimately one of Murnau's minor works.

April 29, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

One of silent cinema's most rigorous formalist exercises

April 19, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tartuffe

I love how this movie uses Tartuffe as a story within a story to warn the audience of hypocrites. The character who's saying it, breaks the fourth wall to tell us this warning as well, which was cool. Plus the expressionistic style isn't as pronounced as in some other films, but it's there. Especially in the guy who plays Tartuffe. Murnau sure made some interesting films, I recommend seeing this movie, it's good.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

It was a silent movie, the first one I've ever seen. I think that it was pretty enjoyable actually. They sure picked a creepy guy to play Tartuffe.

Megan S
Megan S

Super Reviewer

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