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The White Sister (1923)

The White Sister (1923)

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Lillian Gish plays the girl whose travails begin when her father dies and her conniving sister cheats her out of her inheritance. Gish is deeply in love with handsome army officer Ronald Colman, but when war erupts, he is sent to the front. Soon after he is listed among the dead. In her despair, Gish turns to God and enters a convent. The scene in which she assumes the veil and takes her final vows is particularly moving and was supervised by the chief ceremonial director for the Vatican so it is also accurate. Soon after the ceremony, Colman who didn't really die, shows up and begs her to leave the Church for him. When that fails, he tries to trick her into petitioning the Pope, but again she stands firm. Just as she says no, Mount Vesuvius erupts and the soldier saves his beloved from certain death. Her sister doesn't fare as well. Still, before she dies, she begs for Gish's and God's forgiveness. Colman heroically races toward town to warn them, but dies before he arrives. Gish is sad, but continues to live her life for God.

Cast

Gail Kane
as Marchesa de Mola
Lillian Gish
as Angela Chiaromonte
Ronald Colman
as Capt. Giovanni Severini
J. Barney Sherry
as Monsignor Saracinesca
Charles Lane
as Prince Chiaromonte
Alfredo Bertone
as Filmore Durand
Roman Ibanez
as Count del Ferice
Roman Ibaez
as Count del Fence
Alfredo Martinelli
as Alfredo del Ferice
Ida Carloni Talli
as Mother Superior
Corioni Talli
as Mother Superior
Sheik Mahomet
as Bedouin Chief
Sig Serena
as Prof. Ugo Severi
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