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The White Sister (1923)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  1925 (Austria)
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A young woman becomes a nun when she believes her sweetheart has been killed, but things get complicated when he returns alive.

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Angela Chiaromonte
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Capt. Giovanni Severini
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Marchesa di Mola
J. Barney Sherry ...
Monsignor Saracinesca
Charles Lane ...
Prince Chiaromonte
Juliette La Violette ...
Madame Bernard
Gustavo Serena ...
Prof. Ugo Severi (as Signor Serena)
Alfredo Bertone ...
Filmore Durand
Roman Ibanez ...
Count del Ferice
Alfredo Martinelli ...
Alfredo del Ferice
Ida Carloni Talli ...
Mother Superior (as Carloni Talli)
Giovanni Viccola ...
Gen. Mazzini
Antonio Barda ...
Alfredo's Tutor
Giacomo D'Attino ...
Solicitor to the Prince
Michele Gualdi ...
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Lillian Gish is the daughter of a rich Italian count who is killed in a fall from his horse. Though Lillian stands to inherit a large estate, her older half-sister burns the will and thus inherits the property herself, throwing Lillian into poverty. Fortunately, she is engaged to marry the dashing officer Ronald Coleman, but he is captured by Arabs on an expedition to Africa. Dedicating her life to his memory, Lillian becomes a nun, unaware that her lover has escaped his captors and returning to Italy! The climax takes place against a backdrop of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Written by Ed Lengel <egl2r@faraday.clas.virginia.edu>

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Title Card: Because of his hopeless love for Angela, the artist had painted her as an unattainable ideal - a woman too holy for mere man to possess.
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Gish & Colman - Without Peer!
14 June 2009 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

After reading pixie's review when she watched the 1923 or 1933 version of The White Sister, where she watched it at 3AM with her elderly grandmother, I brought it to my 90 year old mother to watch together today. We are both hard-of-hearing so we enjoy silent flicks very much. My mother could not get over the tenderness and pathos as we watched it twice. I highly recommend that you view this film next time it's on TCM, as it's not available in DVD. Colman does a superb job of sensitivity and frustration and Gish's conflict of spirit, soul and body are without peer.

It is interesting to note that the director who was cast to handle this film went to a Broadway play with Gish and saw Colman performing in a play. Immediately they scratched their intended leading man and whisked him away to Italy to star with Gish. Mussolini had just seized power in an unstable Italy after WWI. The scenery at Villa D'Este is spectacular! You won't be disappointed! (I look forward to TCM airing the 1933 version with Gable/Hayes. However, the silent one is an exemplary job of actors relying solely on their eyes and facial expressions.)


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