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Tartuffe R2 (Uk Import) - Murnau, F.w.
Releasedatum: 24 januari 2005
F.W. Murnau made this film adaptation of Moliere's satire for UFA early in 1925 and it was released the following year, shortly followed by 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. This restored version features a piano score by Javier Perez de Azpeitia.

DVD Extra's:
'Tartuffe - The Lost Film' 37 minute documentary by Murnau scholar Luciano Berriat˙a. 16 page booklet with essay by R. Dixon Smith. German intertitles (and optional English subtitles). Gallery with 58 production stills.



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