Two of actings great alchemists, Lillian Gish and Helen Hayes, take the same role 10 years apart and transform melodrama into art. They each portray Angela Chiaromonte, a sheltered Italian beauty consumed by grief when her soldier sweetheart is reportedkilled in World War I. Angela seeks solace as a nun, foregoing human passion for the peace of Gods love. Then her beloved returns, begging her to renounce her vows. In the 1923 Silent directed by Henry King (The Song of Bernadette), Gish is ethereal, herglowing spirit a counterpoint to the pomp and power of the church. In the 1933 Talkie directed by Victor Fleming (Gone with the Wind), Hayes is stronger, more of this world, a woman of grit as well as grace. As the lost soldier, two screen legends add more starpower: Ronald Colman (1923) and Clark Gable (1933). **Please be aware that this is a manufactured on demand disc that was created using a DVD-R disc. It should play in all standard DVD players.
First, Lillian Gish excels as an Italian aristocrat who's driven from her estate and has her inheritance stolen by her ruthless half-sister after their father's death. After boyfriend Ronald Colman is declared dead in Arabia, Gish decides to become a nun. Gail Kane also stars in "The White Sister," a silent melodrama directed by Henry King. Then, renowned director Victor Fleming revamps "The White Sister" as a talkie. This time, Helen Hayes takes on the lead role and adds a touch of grit to the character's grace. When Hayes becomes completely grief-stricken after learning that her military beau (Clark Gable) has been killed in World War I, she decides to forgo human passion for God's love, as a nun. However, what will Hayes do when Gable miraculously returns and begs her to renounce her vows? 4 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono.