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HISTORY

The Hypocrites was re-issued in 1916. After considerable attention was given to this film by the press and local censorship boards, the nudity of Margaret Edwards in the role of "Truth" was deemed acceptable in most parts of the country. Cameraman Dal Clawson reportedly invented visual techniques used in the "Truth" scenes, which were filmed by George ... More Less

The Hypocrites was re-issued in 1916. After considerable attention was given to this film by the press and local censorship boards, the nudity of Margaret Edwards in the role of "Truth" was deemed acceptable in most parts of the country. Cameraman Dal Clawson reportedly invented visual techniques used in the "Truth" scenes, which were filmed by George Hill. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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PAGE
Motog
24 Oct 14
p. 578.
Motog
30 Jan 15
p. 168.
Motog
6 Feb 15
p. 204.
Motog
25 Dec 15
p. 100.
Motog
11 Sep 15
p. 512.
MPN
10 Oct 14
p. 45.
MPN
23 Jan 15
p. 32.
MPN
6 Feb 15
p. 28.
MPN
10 Apr 15
p. 46.
MPW
6 Feb 15
p. 832.
New York Times
21 Aug 16
p. 9.
NYDM
14 Apr 15
p. 24.
NYDM
1 Jul 16
p. 26.
Variety
7 Nov 14
p. 23.
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 January 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Bosworth, Inc.
Copyright Date:
30 September 1914
Copyright Number:
LU3460
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Gabriel, a pastor, denounces hypocrisy from the pulpit, thus incurring the enmity of his jaded, modern congregation. After reprimanding a choir singer for reading a newspaper in church, Gabriel notices a reproduction in the paper of "Truth," a painting by Faugeron, depicting truth in the image of a naked woman. Gabriel then falls asleep and dreams that, as an ascetic, he begins a difficult uphill path to righteousness. During the course of his dream, many of the hypocritical images of society are revealed. Only the choir singer, who is clothed as a nun, a fallen woman and a child are shown to be capable of gazing at the truth. Gabriel is found dead in his church after the dream, and only the fallen woman and the choir singer mourn. The next day, the town's newspaper reveals the parishioners' shock at finding a newspaper--a sacrilege on the Sabbath--in their dead minister's ... +


Gabriel, a pastor, denounces hypocrisy from the pulpit, thus incurring the enmity of his jaded, modern congregation. After reprimanding a choir singer for reading a newspaper in church, Gabriel notices a reproduction in the paper of "Truth," a painting by Faugeron, depicting truth in the image of a naked woman. Gabriel then falls asleep and dreams that, as an ascetic, he begins a difficult uphill path to righteousness. During the course of his dream, many of the hypocritical images of society are revealed. Only the choir singer, who is clothed as a nun, a fallen woman and a child are shown to be capable of gazing at the truth. Gabriel is found dead in his church after the dream, and only the fallen woman and the choir singer mourn. The next day, the town's newspaper reveals the parishioners' shock at finding a newspaper--a sacrilege on the Sabbath--in their dead minister's lap. +

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