The Torture of Silence

The Torture of Silence (French: Mater dolorosa) is a 1917 French silent drama film directed by Abel Gance.[1]

The Torture of Silence
(Mater dolorosa)
Directed byAbel Gance
Produced byLouis Nalpas
Written byAbel Gance
StarringEmmy Lynn
CinematographyLéonce-Henri Burel
Release date
  • 7 March 1917 (1917-03-07)
Running time
80 minutes
French intertitles



Like many American films of the time, the French film The Torture of Silence was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors issued an Adults Only permit and required a cut in reel 2 of the last scene with the nude boy with sex visible.[2]


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: Mater dolorosa". Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  2. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (21): 33. 17 November 1917.

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