The parallel stories of a modern preacher and a medieval monk, Gabriel the Ascetic, who is killed by an ignorant mob for making a nude statue representing Truth, which is also represented by a ghostly naked girl who flits throughout the film.

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Courtenay Foote ...
Gabriel - the Ascetic (as Mr. Courtenay Foote)
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The Woman (as Miss Myrtle Stedman)
Herbert Standing ...
The Abbot (as Mr. Herbert Standing)
Adele Farrington ...
The Queen (as Miss Adele Farrington)
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The parallel stories of a modern preacher and a medieval monk, Gabriel the Ascetic, who is killed by an ignorant mob for making a nude statue representing Truth, which is also represented by a ghostly naked girl who flits throughout the film.

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It took 100 years for the film to be shown in Ipswich, Suffolk. After lobbying by the Suffolk silents Society, the local council granted the film a 12A certificate. See more »

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The greatest movie you've never heard of and one of the greatest movies period
10 July 2000 | by (Memphis, USA) – See all my reviews

Lois Weber, the main director of this film, was among America's first female directors. Most of her films, like most pre-1920 films, are lost forever. However, Hypocrites (1915), helps us understand how one of the leading film magazines in 1916 named her the best film director in the world. DW Griffith came in second even though he had already made Birth of a Nation.

She is largely forgotten today because the introduction of the studio system largely purged most female directors. Since Weber was largely influenced by European film, Hypocrites tends to focus more on concept than plot, but in an excellent manner. The film utilizes the newest technical innovations of the times with beauty. I have seen several silent films and many of Chaplin's greatest movies. But I must say that this is one of the top 3 silent films I've ever seen, and among the top 15 films I've ever seen period. (I have seen The Godfather, Citizen Kane, etc.)


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