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The Conversion of St. Anthony (1911)

Le tentazioni di Sant'Antonio (original title)
Anthony is shown as a Patrician, feasting and drinking, surrounded by slaves and beautiful women. His favorite proves unfaithful and Anthony is about to slay his rival when his hand is ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Alberto Capozzi
Clementina Gay
Oreste Grandi
Fernanda Negri Pouget
Norina Rasero
Giuseppe Ronco
Mary Cleo Tarlarini
Ercole Vaser
Ernesto Vaser
Serafino Vite
Mario Voller-Buzzi
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Anthony is shown as a Patrician, feasting and drinking, surrounded by slaves and beautiful women. His favorite proves unfaithful and Anthony is about to slay his rival when his hand is stayed by a Christian priest. Anthony is converted, relinquishing a life of luxury and giving to the poor his silken raiment and costly jewels. As a holy hermit he retires to a cave, and the Evil One tries to tempt him back to his former life. Hideous, grinning devils crawl about him and are instantly transformed into women of wondrous beauty. Anthony withstands the temptations and goes out and preaches to the multitudes. The woman tries to ensnare him again, but his eloquent appeal to heaven to save her soul moves her to reformation. Her death while clasping the cross is compellingly acted and touching. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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18 October 1911 (USA)  »

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Maintains the high religious atmosphere that the story demands
4 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This picture, by means of very skillful handling, makes the temptation of this saint, who had left his luxurious home and his feasts and fled to the desert in repentance, very effective, and yet maintains the high religious atmosphere that the story demands. The beautiful women who surrounded St. Anthony in his cave are not shown at once. We see first ugly creatures with long filthy claws and these are changed into the lascivious, soft, white arms. But we cannot forget the claws underneath and look upon them with a full realization of the horror in the truth of the scene. The picture in all its parts isn't handled so wisely. For one instance, in the picture of the conversion both of the St. Anthony and, later, of the woman who had been his mistress, the repentant one throws away his or her jewelry and the people grab it with seeming greed. Now these people are dressed and act as though they were Christians, except in this particular. The picture is well worthwhile.

  • The Moving Picture World, October 28, 1911



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