The Prodigal Son (1911)
Original title: La parabole de l'enfant prodigue
(Original) La parabole de l'enfant prodigue
(Translated) Parable of the Prodigal Son
(France) Société Française des Films Éclair
CategoriesBased on the Bible Biblical Drama Black and White Drama Family Relationship Father-Son Relationship Forgiveness Grace Parable Parable of the Prodigal Son Parables of Jesus Pig Redemption Short Silent Film Sin DramaShortBased on the Bible, Biblical Drama, Black and White, Family Relationship, Father-Son Relationship, Forgiveness, Grace, Parable, Parable of the Prodigal Son, Parables of Jesus, Pig, Redemption, Silent Film, Sin
The Éclair Company's offering represents the Biblical story in all its original beauty and realism and was staged with great regard for detail. Contrasting the sweet peace and quietude of the home with the gay, city life "where he wasted his substance in riotous living" the evil results of sin and disobedience wherein we find a son and wanderer, suffering from hunger and distress, until realizing the great error of his ways he determines to lead a new and holier life; then closing the story with scenes of the boy's return, his father's goodness of heart and the feast of joy which followed and we have a faithful and truly powerful rendition in motion tableau of one of the Bible's best dramas.
Source: Moving Picture World
Apparently, this is the only one of Eclair's biblical films to survive, although not found online. It follows the text in Luke 15 very closely.