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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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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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Silent epic has its moments, namely Ronald Coleman
2 June 2009 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

Really beautiful cinematography keeps you tuned in to this melodrama, a would-be epic that has its moments. Lillian Gish and Ronald Coleman are strong place-holders for the silent movie archetypes they play. Ronald Coleman's amazing voice has always mesmerized and moved me, and I wondered how he would come across in a silent. Surprisingly, his depth of character and presence comes through sometimes even here.

The Catholic overtones are laid on heavily, and yet, for this ex-Catholic, manage to evoke a rich sense of purity of devotion and love of the Divine. The visuals in the beautifully overwrought scene where Lillian Gish 'marries' God and becomes a nun honor the Catholic Church in its own terms, with the Bishop (?) as the channel of divine mystery and the novice-becoming-nun the recipient of the holy energy.

The end of the film is a hysterical melange of flood, volcano, death, contrition, and religious fervor. It's obvious the flood is in the film only because of the difficulty of filming lava running through the streets.


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