Purity (film)

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Purity (1916) - Ad Aug 26 1916 MPW.jpg
Ad for the film featured in the August 26, 1916 edition of Moving Picture World
Directed by Rae Berger
Written by Clifford Howard (scenario)
Starring Audrey Munson
Distributed by Mutual Film
Release date
  • July 23, 1916 (1916-07-23)
Running time
70 mins.
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

Purity is a 1916 American silent drama film, directed by Rae Berger and starring Audrey Munson. The film's scenario was written by Clifford Howard and is notable for its nude scenes, which caused it to be banned and preached against in some towns.[1]

Purity was long presumed to be lost.[2][2][3] However, in 2004, a copy was rediscovered in France. A copy of the film is now preserved at the Centre national de la cinématographie in Paris.[1]


Purity (Munson), a simple country girl, comes to the city and is hired as an artist's model. A young poet becomes obsessed with her, and is distraught when he learns she has been posing nude. But his distress is diminished when he finds that she intends to use her income from modeling to publish his poetry.


Munson posing nude in a damaged still from the film.

Production notes[edit]

Purity was produced by the American Film Company (known as the "Flying "A" Studios") based in Santa Barbara, California. The film was shot on an estate in Santa Barbara and was distributed by Mutual Film.[1] [4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "SilentEra entry". Silentera.com. June 12, 2009. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b (Thompson 1996, p. 36)
  3. ^ (Waldman 2000, p. 242)
  4. ^ (Graffy 2010, p. 72)
  5. ^ (Thompson 1996, p. 42)


  • Graffy, Neal (2010). Historic Santa Barbara: An Illustrated History. HPN Books. ISBN 1-935-37714-0. 
  • Thompson, Frank T. (1996). Lost Films: Important Movies that Disappeared. Carol Publishing Group. ISBN 0-806-51604-6. 
  • Waldman, Harry (2000). Missing Reels: Lost Films of American and European Cinema. McFarland. ISBN 0-786-40724-7. 

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