Evangeline (1913)

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This early cinemazation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's narrative poem Evangeline was filmed by the Canadian Bioscope Company. The familiar tale of an Arcadian maiden's search for her exiled lover was divided into five "Chapters," each running a reel in length. Heroine Evangeline and hero Gabriel are first seen as children, pledging undying devotion under the benevolent eye of Father Felician. As adults, Evangeline and Gabriel are separated on the eve of their wedding, when the rebellious Gabriel is driven into hiding by the conquering British troops. Several years and innumerable calamities later, Evangeline, now a Sister of Mercy, is finally reunited with the dying Gabriel. Evangeline was remade in 1919, then again in 1929, but only the 1913 version was filmed on authentic Canadian locations.