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Director: Lois Weber (Dir)
Release Date:   20 Jan 1915
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Cast: Courtenay Foote  (Gabriel, the ascetic)
  Herbert Standing  (The abbot)
  Margaret Edwards  (Truth)

Summary: 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. 

Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.
Production Company: Bosworth, Inc.
Director: Lois Weber (Dir)
  Nat Watt (Asst dir)
Writer: Lois Weber (Scen)

Subject Major: Clergy
Subject Minor: Children
  Choirs (Music)

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