The Prodigal Son (1901)
Original title: L'enfant prodigue
(Original) L'enfant prodigue
(Alternative) Le fils prodique
(Alternative) The Parable of the Prodigal Son
(1901) Pathé Frères
(USA, 1904) Edison Manufacturing Company
(USA, 1904) Kleine Optical Company
(1901) Pathé Frères
(USA, 1903) Pathé Frères
(USA, 1904) S. Lubin
(USA, 1902) Selig Polyscope Company
(USA, 1904) Vitagraph Company of America
CategoriesBased on the Bible Biblical Drama Black and White Drama Forgiveness Grace Money Parable Parable of the Prodigal Son Parables of Jesus Poverty Short Silent Film DramaShortBased on the Bible, Biblical Drama, Black and White, Forgiveness, Grace, Money, Parable, Parable of the Prodigal Son, Parables of Jesus, Poverty, Silent Film
A young man spends his time in riotous living after getting half of his inheritance. He lives with swine after all the money is used up and then decides to return home. The Prodigal return and the Father is overcome with joy at his son's return and orders the fatted calf to be killed in his honor.
Pathe produced in 1901 this very popular parable of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke 10:29-35. It harvested a lot of attention and thus it was distributed by many companies in USA.
Pathé described it this way(translated from French):
"We could not do better than to follow this Parable verbatim, which is certainly one of the most endearing of the New Testament, in the sense that it is eternally true. Its touching simplicity naturally designates it for shows specially dedicated to families and institutions. With our superb Passion of N.S.J.C, in 16 tables, it can constitute an absolutely offline program, informative and of high moral significance. Nothing was overlooked in setting this scene. The luxury deployed in the making of the specially made sets, the splendor of the costumes and accessories, as well as the artistic side of the staging, make it the most grandiose picture that has been presented to date in cinematography."