Revelation (1918)

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Dramatic actress Alla Nazimova made her leap from the stage into the screen world with this Metro picture. Joline (Nazimova) is a dancer who gives up the cabarets to be the model and mistress of an American artist, Paul Granville (Charles Bryant, Nazimova's business and romantic partner). His paintings make him famous, but when he's commissioned by Count Adrian (Bigelow Cooper) for a Madonna painting, Paul doubts that the worldly Joline can fit the bill. She convinces him, however, and they sneak into a monastery to recreate the scene of the Madonna bringing life to a barren rosebush. Amazingly the bush, which had promptly returned to its barren state, blooms once again, and even though Joline tries to laugh it off, the prior (Frank Currier) takes this as a very real miracle. Joline eventually comes to believe and she leaves Paul to become a World War I Red Cross nurse. They are reunited when Paul enlists and is wounded in battle. This time around, they get married.