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The White Sister (1923)

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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Capt. Giovanni Severini
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Marchesa di Mola
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Monsignor Saracinesca
Charles Lane ...
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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Marchesa di Mola: Father, Father - I want to confess!
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No-one Can Suffer As Convincingly As Lillian Gish!
27 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Assisted by luminous photography and Henry King's sympathetic direction, Lillian Gish delivers a most compelling performance in this lavish production, filmed entirely in Italy. True, she has excellent support from subdued yet charming Ronald Colman, chillingly malevolent Gail Kane, J. Barney Sherry and others, but it's Miss Gish's movie and she makes the most of it.

Camera-wise, King's direction is very static, but nonetheless engaging. He not only has an eye for the pictorial values of his sets and locations, but adroitly maintains audience interest at a high level through the various predictable turns of the plot, although the long-awaited climax proves somewhat disappointing and lacks spectacle.


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