Pathe's Sister Angelica was based on a story by a French novelist named Carre. Instead of being recruited from the Pathe production staff, as was usually the case, the leading actors were hand-picked from a variety of prestigious Parisian theatrical troupes. Set in medieval times, the story focuses on a warrior and a nun. Long before taking her vows, the nun had been the warrior's sweetheart. Thus it is that, when he is mortally wounded in battle, the warrior sends a message to the nun, begging her to comfort him in his last hours on earth. Alas, the nun is prohibited from leaving the convent, forcing her to make a fateful decision between her religious convictions and her emotional impulses. But then, a miracle occurs: The statue of the Virgin Mary comes to life, taking the nun's place while she rushes to the dying soldier. This same story formed the basis of the Max Reinhardt stage "spectacular" The Miracle, which itself was filmed in 1959.
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