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20 January 1915 (USA) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Courtenay Foote ... Gabriel - the Ascetic (as Mr. Courtenay Foote)

Myrtle Stedman ... The Woman (as Miss Myrtle Stedman)
Herbert Standing ... The Abbot (as Mr. Herbert Standing)
Adele Farrington ... The Queen (as Miss Adele Farrington)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
A.D. Blake ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Dixie Carr ... The Magdelan (uncredited)

Jane Darwell ... Madam (uncredited)

Nigel De Brulier ... Man in Church (uncredited)
Margaret Edwards ... The Naked Truth (uncredited)

Vera Lewis ... Parishioner (uncredited)

Directed by
Lois Weber (uncredited)
Writing credits
Lois Weber (written by)

Produced by
Lois Weber .... producer
Phillips Smalley .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Dal Clawson (photographed by)
George W. Hill (photographed by)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nate Watt .... assistant director (uncredited)
Other crew
Frank Ormston .... technical director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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49 min (alternate version) | 54 min (18 fps)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Passed | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Censorship)

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Filmed in 1914, not released until 1915.See more »
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Not worth your time, 19 February 2011
Author: Bartholomeu Wrathbone from United States

This movie started boring and slow. What better way to start a movie than in a dry church service with a watered down sermon. I understand the that the director is suppose to be conveying the fact that none of the audience is interested in what the priest has to say but that doesn't mean that I, as the viewer, should be bored out my mind along with the cast. The subtle attempts to create some kind of humor by the fact that no one is enjoying the service fail also.

The main character does nothing to attach me to him and make want to see his outcome. He is not a great actor. His facial expressions actually make me dislike him. He has this tendency to look off in a random direction with puppy dog eyes and I don't understand what it is for. Perhaps he is looking up to God but these moments seem to just chunk in awkward moments into what is already a very queer movie.

Throughout the movie their are all of these things that are symbolized and represented like the narrow path, wide path and the "naked truth". Their is a lot of focus on these elements with not much reward at all. You just sort of sit there and within the first 5 seconds say "ok I get it" and your waiting for it to be over and get on to something that is intriguing (sorry but that never happens).

All in all if your wanting to watch a good silent film then I strongly suggest that you look way further. I'm a big fan of black and white movies and even silent ones but I still couldn't bring myself to like this film at all. I even have a pretty long attention span for my generation and I constantly found myself wanting to just fall to sleep even though I had gotten a full nights rest. Just spend your well earned money on something else.

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