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The Torture of Silence (1917)

Mater dolorosa (original title)
Sad story of an unfaithful wife and her subsequent sufferings as a mother.

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Abel Gance

Writer:

Abel Gance
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Credited cast:
Emmy Lynn Emmy Lynn ... Manon Berliac
Firmin Gémier Firmin Gémier ... Emile Berliac
Armand Tallier Armand Tallier ... François Rolland
Anthony Gildès Anthony Gildès ... Jean
Paul Vermoyal Paul Vermoyal ... Jean Dormis
Gaston Modot
Antonin Carène Antonin Carène
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Antonin Artaud
Francia Seguy Francia Seguy
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Sad story of an unfaithful wife and her subsequent sufferings as a mother.

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Country:

France

Release Date:

7 March 1917 (France) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Abel Gance's little acorn of a melodrama
21 September 2001 | by Inigo JonesSee all my reviews

One of Abel Gance's little acorns which led to the great oak that is NAPOLEON, his masterpiece.

A doctor's wife has an affair with her husband's best friend, who shoots himself after she refuses to run away with him. The erstwhile suitor swears his lover to secrecy concerning the affair before he dies, in order to spare the doctor's feelings. However, the doctor learns of the ill-fated trysts by accident, and demands to know the name of her former beau. His wife refuses to break her vow to her lover.....and suffers the consequences....

A standard melodrama, heightened by atmospheric lighting at certain points. Interesting primarily because of the subsequent fame of the director.

IMDB gives a running time of 80 mins, but my Grapevine Video VCD copy (playable on most DVD machines) only amounts to 54 mins. Perhaps a less truncated copy with English inter-titles is out there somewhere.


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