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Hypocrites (1915)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  20 January 1915 (USA)
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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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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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Although the nudity was tastefully done (it was passed by The National Board of Censors), it was still banned in Ohio and caused riots in New York. The mayor of Boston demanded that every frame displaying the naked figure of Truth be hand-painted to clothe the unidentified actress who portrayed her (one historian suggested that Lois Weber herself played the part). See more »

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Hypocrites is a religious allegory!!!
30 April 2007 | by (Chinatown, California) – See all my reviews

Lois Weber's HYPOCRITES, was a bold indictment of political corruption, the church, and the business world. Much of the film has a pictorial quality. Many of the scenes are carefully composed, to make visually beautiful patterns. In a dual role, the lead actor plays a monk who sees the hypocrisy of the world and a minister who is stoned to death by his congregation for unveiling a statue of "The Naked Truth." As film historian Kevin Brownlow relates, "Audiences flocked to see the nudity and were then obliged to sit through the moral lesson." Critics were astonished. Variety proclaimed, "After seeing it, you can't forget the name of Lois Weber!"


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