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A story of lost love deeply ingrained in American mythology, Evangeline vividly brings to life the human consequences of historical tragedy. In the quiet Nova Scotia village of Grand-Pre, the beautiful and beloved Evangeline lives with her father Benedict Bellefontaine, a prosperous and honored pillar of the Acadian community. Although Evangeline admires and is adored by Baptiste (Donald Reed), son of the local notary, she refuses his offer of marriage - she loves and is pledged to Gabriel. Before their marriage can take place, France and England declare war. The Acadians, bound by allegiance to England and by ties of kinship to France, refuse to take up arms against France and as a result, are ordered deported. As the men are herded aboard a British man-o'-war, soldiers set fire to the village. Suffering from exposure and grief, Benedict dies in his daughter's arms. Evangeline is forced to leave for lands unknown- arriving at last at Bayou Teche, Louisiana, where former residents of her village have established a settlement. Baptiste, now a wealthy man, asks her to marry him. Evangeline refuses because she still loves Gabriel and vows to search the country for him. After long travels and many hardships, she joins the Sisters of Mercy and cares for the maimed and friendless in Philadelphia almshouse. There she is at last reunited with her long-sought love.
This is the best and most renowned film version of the classic story by one of America's greatest poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Dolores del Rio, the legendary Mexican actress and one of film's great beauties, is at her best and most stunning in this tragic tale of long-lost love. The film's dazzling cinematography includes some of the most arresting images in all of silent cinema.
Restored from the original camera negative and 35mm positive print with original tints by UCLA Film and Television Archives in cooperation with the Mary Pickford Foundation.
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