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The Calling of Louis Mona (1913)

Louis Mona is left to the care of the monks of the monastery of San Luis, who have brought him up with love and care. Louis, who is devoted to his surroundings, and who knows nothing of the... See full summary »

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Louis Mona is left to the care of the monks of the monastery of San Luis, who have brought him up with love and care. Louis, who is devoted to his surroundings, and who knows nothing of the great outside world, and who has no great desire to learn about it in person, desires to join the order, but there is a rule that cannot be overlooked. He must do as others have done and travel for a year in the world in order to determine whether he really wants to become a monk. At the end of the twelve months he can be received into the walls of the monastery by applying at the gate at a given hour. In the chapel Louis kneels to receive the blessing of the good old prior, and the monks present him with gifts of food, money and clothes and bid him farewell. Louis, nervous of the venture, changes his garb and finds himself without the walls of his refuge, free to do his own will. He wanders on until he comes to a place where the roads cross. Which way to take? He decides the question by casting a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 March 1913 (USA)  »

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His characterization is reverential and impressive
19 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

In these two reels there are two characters which stand out sharply. Edwin August has the part of a boy raised in a monastery, who desires to live his life within its walls. Before he can be admitted, however, he must spend a year outside and face the world. He meets the world and fails. The second character is Charles Manley, the veteran of the screen. Mr. Manley has done no better work than he here gives us as the prior. His characterization is reverential and impressive; well might he have stepped out from the doors of a monastery. The acting of Mr. August, likewise, is of his best. He has tine opportunities to show his versatility, as the boy just starting out, as the successful man of business, as a social favorite, and as the down-and-out. The picture holds throughout. Mr. MacDonald, the producer, shows his skill in the groupings and in the settings. One especially strong scene is in the gambling house, both in its conception and in the manner in which it is carried out. Mr. August is particularly strong here. - The Moving Picture World, March 29, 1913


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