Famed German director F W Murnau is probably best remembered for his award-winning "Sunrise", the ground-breaking "The Last Laugh" and the ultimate horror film, "Nosferatu", but this rather short (just on hour) film which Murnau directed in less than 6 weeks before doing another one of his classics, "Faust", should not be overlooked. The main point that "Tartuffe" left with me is the theme of hypocrisy and the poignant texts at the beginning and end which address the audience directly, telling us that hypocrites are everywhere among us - `what about the person sitting next to you?' I thought this was a brilliant way to make the theme of the famous 17th century play come to life and have valuable meaning in our day - and in any day, for that matter. This point is underscored by the interesting and effective way in which this film is a story within a story: the original 17th century tale, which makes up the bulk of the film, is shown by a traveling film projectionist to a household where another form of hypocrisy is taking place, with the purpose of teaching them a lesson. Emil Jannings is simply magnificent as the strange and ugly religious hypocrite, Mr. Tartuffe, who poses as a saint and brainwashes a man into becoming a pious fanatic who gladly hands over his entire fortune in blind devotion to the holy man. (Obviously things have not changed in the past few centuries!) Fortunately, the deceived man's wife immediately sees Tartuffe for what he really is, and attempts to lay a trap for him to expose his hypocrisy. Emotions are wonderfully expressed by the talented cast, and visually the sets and costumes are like a classic work of art. Murnau's smooth, elegant style, together with a fitting musical score makes "Tartuffe" a pleasure to watch while it also leaves behind a compelling message about hypocrisy in general. While the half-hour documentary about Murnau on this disc may only be average, I still got some valuable points out of it which helped me appreciate some aspects of Murnau and his films much more; such as his reclusiveness, vivid imagination since childhood, and the influence on him by the classic European painters. Anyone interested in the great directors of the silent era should not miss "Tartuffe", and lovers of all things artistic would enjoy this film, too.