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In the scenario included in the copyright descriptions, the title was changed from The Awakening to The Branded Soul , and then to A Branded Soul . There were instructions in the scenario to shoot Conchita at the organ as near as possible to the way St. Cecilia appears at the organ in a painting by Raphael. This may have been a reference to the famous Raphael painting entitled St. Cecilia and Saints . However, the note may have been referring to a painting entitled St. Cecilia at the Organ by Dolci. No reviews were located for this film. It is possible that Gladys Blackwell and Lewis J. Cody also played the leading roles in the film's ... More Less

In the scenario included in the copyright descriptions, the title was changed from The Awakening to The Branded Soul , and then to A Branded Soul . There were instructions in the scenario to shoot Conchita at the organ as near as possible to the way St. Cecilia appears at the organ in a painting by Raphael. This may have been a reference to the famous Raphael painting entitled St. Cecilia and Saints . However, the note may have been referring to a painting entitled St. Cecilia at the Organ by Dolci. No reviews were located for this film. It is possible that Gladys Blackwell and Lewis J. Cody also played the leading roles in the film's prologue. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
14 Jul 17
p. 255.
MPW
17 Nov 17
p. 955.
MPW
1 Dec 17
p. 1357.
MPW
15 Dec 17
pp. 1677-78.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Awakening
Release Date:
25 November 1917
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
25 November 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11748
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In a prologue set in ancient Rome, the pagan Valerain attempts to abduct St. Cecilia to his debauched birthday feast, but her spiritual beauty stops him, and he kneels before her. In the main story, Conchita Cordova sings in the cathedral choir in her village of San Miguelito near the Rio Grande. Millionaire oil man John Rannie, whose oil fields have displaced the peasants, desires Conchita, and when he learns that her fiancé, Juan Mendoza, has been employed by Adolf Wylie, a German spy, Rannie threatens to expose Juan unless Conchita gives herself to him. Although disillusioned, Conchita decides to save Juan, but as she removes her cross, Rannie is moved by her sacrifice, and begs forgiveness. Meanwhile, the villagers, incited by Wylie, set Rannie's fields on fire. When Juan, thinking that Conchita loved Rannie, throws her cross in the fireplace and places it on her breast as a brand of shame, she rebukes him. After Conchita saves Rannie from being burned by the villagers, he kneels beside her in church. In Rome, Valerain kneels before St. ... +


In a prologue set in ancient Rome, the pagan Valerain attempts to abduct St. Cecilia to his debauched birthday feast, but her spiritual beauty stops him, and he kneels before her. In the main story, Conchita Cordova sings in the cathedral choir in her village of San Miguelito near the Rio Grande. Millionaire oil man John Rannie, whose oil fields have displaced the peasants, desires Conchita, and when he learns that her fiancé, Juan Mendoza, has been employed by Adolf Wylie, a German spy, Rannie threatens to expose Juan unless Conchita gives herself to him. Although disillusioned, Conchita decides to save Juan, but as she removes her cross, Rannie is moved by her sacrifice, and begs forgiveness. Meanwhile, the villagers, incited by Wylie, set Rannie's fields on fire. When Juan, thinking that Conchita loved Rannie, throws her cross in the fireplace and places it on her breast as a brand of shame, she rebukes him. After Conchita saves Rannie from being burned by the villagers, he kneels beside her in church. In Rome, Valerain kneels before St. Cecilia. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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