The Cradle of God (1926)

Le berceau de dieu (original title)
A young intellectual, J. Powers, loses his faith in God after the untimely death of his wife. He devotes his great talents to writing a shockingly blasphemous book, debunking all religion, ... See full summary »

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Stefan Markus
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Credited cast:
Léon Mathot ... John Powers / Saül / Hérode
Annette Benson Annette Benson ... Ruth
Joë Hamman ... Abner / Pharaon / Confucius
Gabriel Signoret ... Abraham / Samuel
Stacia Napierkowska ... Salomé
Musidora ... Delilah
André Roanne ... Joseph
Lucien Dalsace ... David
Rachel Devirys Rachel Devirys ... Hérodiade
France Dhélia ... La reine de Saba
Francine Mussey ... Eve
Pierre Daltour Pierre Daltour ... Adam
Gaston Rieffler Gaston Rieffler ... Caïn
Gabriel de Gravone ... Abel
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Eric Barclay ... Jean-Baptiste
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A young intellectual, J. Powers, loses his faith in God after the untimely death of his wife. He devotes his great talents to writing a shockingly blasphemous book, debunking all religion, and then embarks on a trip to Jerusalem. Far from reconciling him to God, the sight of all the different sects worshipping in that ancient city only serves to embitter him and deepen his unbelief. One day, wandering in the country, he loses his way and stops to ask directions at a small house. The inhabitants are a poor but devout family whose daughter, Ruth, revives his broken heart. At the risk of losing her, he confesses to her his loss of faith, and she gently declares that meditation on the Gospels will heal him. He sorrowfully tells her that he wishes he could believe as she does, but it is impossible. Exhausted by the discussion, Powers falls asleep and in a dream witnesses the entire panorama of the Old Testament, from the Garden of Eden through the prophets and the kings. In his dream, he ... Written by Rosabel (wsherratt3338@rogers.com)

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 June 1926 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

As Sombras do Passado See more »

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Productions Markus See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Creaky French silent devotional piece.
14 December 2011 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

This little circulated French silent has lip rouged Mathot playing an author whose book disposes of Bilblical stories as myths. While researching in Jerusalem, the shock of meeting a lookalike for his dead fiancée gives him Biblical bad dreams, offering him and celebrity players of the day a chance to come on as Old Testament characters, flanked by naked women. Well it worked for De Mille.

A few of the cast, like Gabriel Signoret, occasionally register. Napierkowska in her scanties works hard on Salome.

Shots of Notre Dame, cross cut with the Mosque of Omar, pass for thought content. Some then state of the art special effects.

Survives as an archival 35mm. copy.


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