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In a picturesque German village William meets Gretchen and when he returns home he tells his mother of the beautiful face which he has seen. As the days pass the acquaintanceship ripens into love and the sweethearts become downcast when it is found that William must leave for the city to enter his apprenticeship. The young couple visit the Shrine of the Virgin Mary, where they plight their troth and exchange many promises of constancy. Two years elapse and William returns home. He greets his mother and hastens to Gretchen's house, only to find that the girl has been unable to withstand the sorrow of separation and has passed away. William is almost distracted and his mother endeavors to console him. A party of pilgrims pass the house on their way to the shrine and the good mother suggests that they, too, visit the sacred spot. Through an old tradition the pilgrims prepare a wax symbol of their afflictions, which they present to the Mother of God with their prayers and William, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The scenario writer deserves praise for the scene arrangement
19 November 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

It is not often that a picture, illustrating a great poet's idea, is so successful as this is in interpreting in pictures Heine's poem, "The Pilgrimage." The leaders use a translation that has clearness and accuracy; but the pictures are far more successful; they seem to have got the very spirit of the poem. The scenario writer deserves praise for the scene arrangement and the producer deserves praise for the handling of the scenes; they are full of grace. The posed statue of the Madonna in it is simple and beautiful. Gretchen, William's sweetheart, will most surely get a strong hold of the spectators' sympathies. Her acting is lovely, and she, herself, fills the part perfectly. The lover acts in a worthy, manly way. The object of the picture is to excite sympathy, then pity and then to console it. The camera work is beautiful. It is an unusually commendable picture. - The Moving Picture World, June 1, 1912


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