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5.0 out of 5 stars Facts of life, Murnau's moral comedy
This film should be appreciated as a masterpiece even though it hasn't got that many new developments from the process point of view.

It is a superb moral comedy directed by the cinema's greatest silent movie director, F W Murnau. Great intertitles and great acting from Emil Janings and the crew. Still some camera angles are very important in Tartuffe...
Published on 28 Oct 2009 by Burciu Mihai

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Murnau's best, but still intriguing
F.W. Murnau was probably one of the silent era's greatest filmmakers, with masterpieces such as Nosferatu and Der Letzte Mann. Masters of Cinema have been nice enough to bring us some of his best in great quality, with loads of extras and digitally restored images. Tartuffe is one of these, and while being a fan of the original play this was based on, I cannot get myself...
Published on 9 Oct 2009 by Alex Lehmann


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facts of life, Murnau's moral comedy, 28 Oct 2009
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This film should be appreciated as a masterpiece even though it hasn't got that many new developments from the process point of view.

It is a superb moral comedy directed by the cinema's greatest silent movie director, F W Murnau. Great intertitles and great acting from Emil Janings and the crew. Still some camera angles are very important in Tartuffe.

Overall the movie is worth to be part of your collection as should aslo: Faust, Der letzte Mann, Nosferatu, Sunrise, Phantom, City Girl and Tabu.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Murnau's best, but still intriguing, 9 Oct 2009
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F.W. Murnau was probably one of the silent era's greatest filmmakers, with masterpieces such as Nosferatu and Der Letzte Mann. Masters of Cinema have been nice enough to bring us some of his best in great quality, with loads of extras and digitally restored images. Tartuffe is one of these, and while being a fan of the original play this was based on, I cannot get myself to fall in love with this film.

It has several of Murnau's usual tricks and solid craft, but what it lacks is that extra bit of clarity and ingenuity. The short running time doesn't really help either, and it feels as though there could have been significantly more depth to this. That being said, the atmosphere, cinematography and particularly the cast is still of high quality.

Still though, for any fan of Murnau and in particular the silent era this will remain an interesting watch, it has a lot of quality, but comes short in those areas where Murnau is at his very best. It doesn't have the same chilling atmosphere of Nosferatu, the brilliant storytelling of Der Letzte Mann nor the humanity and warmth of Sunrise. It is a well told film which doesn't really excel in any area, but remains a solid outing from one of the era's greatest masters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LANG'S AND MURNAU'S WORKS SHOULD BE ALL RELEASED IN HOME VIDEO., 8 Feb 2014
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LANG'S AND MURNAU'S WORKS SHOULD BE ALL RELEASED IN HOME VIDEO. I DON'T CARE IF THEY'RE IN BLURAY OR DVD FORMAT, BECAUSE THESE WORKS HAVE ALREADY BEEN TEXTBOOK FOR FILM INDUSTRY FOR A LONG TIME, AND THESE FILMS LED AND INSPIRED OLD AND NEW STANDARDS IN FILM HISTORY. GERMAN FILMS BECOME WORLD-RESPECTED BECAUSE OF THEM MAINLY. THEREFORE, IT WON'T BE TOO FAR TO SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
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