This film has two remarkable scenes: one a dissolving scene showing Christ descending from the cross, and the other a sensational rescue from a burning building, in which beams and walls are falling.
Love Ye One Another (1910)
Original title: Aimez-vous les uns les autres
(Original) Aimez-vous les uns les autres
(Alternative) Aimez-vous les uns les autres (ou Symbole d’humanité)
(Société Cinématographique des Auteurs et Gens de Lettres) Pathé Frères
(USA) Pathé Frères
(US Import) Pathé Frères
A wanderer is pushed back. In anger, he strikes Christ from a Calvary. Enraged by hunger, he throws himself on a passing peasant but, as he strikes him, he sees Jesus Christ in front of him. Later, a fire breaks out and the poor man runs towards the hearth and, in the middle of the flames, saves a child. Exhausted by effort and hunger, he succumbed.
Source: Pathe Freres - Translated
Once in a while a picture appears on the screen which reaches so far down into human life that it seems to search one's heart. After seeing this picture, and considering the lessons it teaches, one is disposed to accord it the title of the greatest picture of the week, great because it depicts simply, but graphically, the weakness and selfishness of men. An unfortunate wayfarer is turned away from one home after another where comfort and plenty prevail. Who can deny the accusation? He reviles the cross, but Christ appears to him and his hardened heart softens. And then he gives all he had, his life, to rescue one from death who refused him food. Who can describe, or give utterance to the emotions which this picture arouses? Not for weeks has there been one like it. Not for weeks has a picture appeared which illustrated so plainly and unmistakably the indifference of men to another's suffering. Perhaps never before has one appeared which so clearly demonstrated the selfishness of men in dealing with others less fortunate than themselves. It gives expression to the feeling that the unfortunate have no place in the great scheme of the world. It impresses one with the old worldwide belief in man's inhumanity to man. And at the end, the unfortunate gives up his life, a sacrifice much too frequently offered and much too often required. This is a great sermon upon a great text, and should be shown in the uttermost parts of the country. It cannot help arousing emotions which through indifference have been permitted to become dormant. Through its agency great good should be accomplished.
Source: Moving Picture World
A poor, half-starved wayfarer asks several of the villagers for help or work without avail. No one will give him food or even a kindly word. Even a lad eating bread on the porch of his home refuses him a morsel. Bitter and despairing this poor sufferer ultimately finds himself before one of those gigantic crosses which uplift themselves so conspicuously above the Normandy landscape. Disgusted with human nature he raises his stick and reviles the figure of Christ upon the cross. At the same moment a laborer appears coming down the road and the outcast feels impelled to fall upon him and strike him. He holds himself in readiness, watching the countryman slowly approaching and then with uplifted stick he springs forward, but in place of the laborer stands the figure of Christ, who leads him back to the foot of the Cross and points out the words carved on the base, "Love Ye One Another." The stick falls, hate and curses give way to sobs, and the wayfarer reading understands and continues on his way. Suddenly the alarm bell rings out. He turns and sees one of the farmhouses in flames. The youth who had refused him bread is helpless in the upper part and the villagers are running to and fro distracted. A ladder is raised and with sudden strength the tramp goes up, and, through choking smoke and falling rafters, snatches the lad in his arms and takes him down to safety. Reaching the ground he falls, and rough hands are now eager to lend him assistance. Alas! it is too late, he has given all he had to give, his own poor wretched life, to a fellowcreature.
Source: The Film Index - 1910