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Hypocrites (1915)

Passed | | Drama | 20 January 1915 (USA)
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.

Director:

Lois Weber (uncredited)

Writer:

Lois Weber
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Courtenay Foote ... Gabriel - the Ascetic (as Mr. Courtenay Foote)
Myrtle Stedman ... The Woman (as Miss Myrtle Stedman)
Herbert Standing 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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Taglines:

"HYPOCRITES" or "THE NAKED TRUTH" with Margaret Edwards in the nude, representing the Naked Truth, carries a wonderful lesson and is a marvelous photoplay which stand pre-eminent as a unique production of cinema art. (Print Ad- Bend Bulletin, ((Bend, Ore.)) 9 November 1917)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den nøgne Sandhed See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Alternate Versions

Kino International copyrighted and released a video in 2000, which was restored from the Library of Congress Motion Picture Conservation Center preservation print. It was produced by Jessica Rosner, has a piano score composed and performed by Jon Mirsalis and runs 49 minutes. See more »

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Led the way in terms of Cinema Advancements, but Boring...
30 January 2011 | by weatherl-joshSee all my reviews

This film marks a distinct change in the way narrative film making took place, with a plot that included flashbacks and interlaced story lines, this film is very interesting. While I personally did not enjoy it, it is hard to ignore how interesting this film is in terms of the history of modern film technique. The story, due to it's lack of sound, is quite difficult to follow, but instead presents itself as a series of allegorical quips meant to criticize the religious crowd of the time. The blatant presentation of truth as a naked woman (the naked truth) along with the way the wrath of God is simplified to the economies of a child (do something bad and you get hurt) will likely bother those inclined to religious belief or introspective thought.


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