Hypocrites (1915) - Directed by Lois Weber

A scene from the film.

Hypocrites is a 1915 silent film directed by legendary female director, Lois Weber. The film is notable for its use of religious imagery and its (then-innovative) special effects.

The film proved to be quite controversial. Actress Margaret Edwards appeared nude in several scenes as the character The Naked Truth. Nudity was barely visible due to her appearance only being through double exposure, giving her a ghostly appearance. The technique was revolutionary for the time, wowing many audience members. Some people found the nudity tasteless, regardless of its religious context, others felt it was justified because of it.


While most of the film survives in a print held by The Library Of Congress, a few scenes from the beginning of the film suffered greatly from Silver Nitrate decomposition. About 2 or 3 minutes-worth of material is considered beyond saving. The Library Of Congress has been putting forth a search for a complete copy, but for now, this slightly damaged copy is all that survives.

On April 22, 2008, Kino International released the film on DVD with the film Eleanor’s Catch.

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