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HISTORY

The picture's working title was God's Message . Nazimova's costumes "were created by Madame Nazimova herself." Some of the exterior scenes were filmed in New Orleans. The story was published as a novelette in New York in 1918. Metro-Goldwyn remade Mabel Wagnalls' story in 1924 as Revelation , with Viola Dana starring and George D. Baker directing. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

The picture's working title was God's Message . Nazimova's costumes "were created by Madame Nazimova herself." Some of the exterior scenes were filmed in New Orleans. The story was published as a novelette in New York in 1918. Metro-Goldwyn remade Mabel Wagnalls' story in 1924 as Revelation , with Viola Dana starring and George D. Baker directing. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.4558.) More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
23 Feb 18
p. 994.
MPC
1 May 18
pp. 52-53.
MPN
16 Feb 18
p. 933.
MPN
23 Aug 18
p. 41.
MPN
24 Jul 20
p. 777.
MPW
2 Feb 18
p. 723.
MPW
9 Mar 18
p. 1408.
New York Times
18 Feb 18
p. 9.
NYDM
23 Feb 18
p. 20.
NYDM
2 Mar 18
p. 26.
Variety
1 Mar 18
p. 41.
Wid's
21 Mar 18
p. 1021.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Special Production De Luxe
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
ART DIRECTOR
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Rose-Bush of a Thousand Years" by Mabel Wagnalls in Snappy Stories (18 Oct 1916).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
God's Message
Release Date:
17 February 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 March 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12139
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Joline, a passionate and vivacious cabaret dancer in Paris' Latin Quarter, becomes infatuated with penniless American artist Paul Granville and soon becomes his mistress. With Joline as his model, Paul finally wins the recognition he has sought, but when Count Adrian de Roche commissions him to paint "the Madonna of the Rose Bush," he decides to seek a model more befitting the role. Joline's pleas finally convince Paul to take her to the portrait's site, an old monastery behind which is a rosebush that bloomed only once, when the Madonna appeared among its branches. At Joline's touch, the bush again bursts into bloom, which moves her so greatly that she leaves her lover and begins a new life. As a Red Cross nurse in World War I, Joline discovers Paul wounded on a battlefield, and following his recovery they ... +


Joline, a passionate and vivacious cabaret dancer in Paris' Latin Quarter, becomes infatuated with penniless American artist Paul Granville and soon becomes his mistress. With Joline as his model, Paul finally wins the recognition he has sought, but when Count Adrian de Roche commissions him to paint "the Madonna of the Rose Bush," he decides to seek a model more befitting the role. Joline's pleas finally convince Paul to take her to the portrait's site, an old monastery behind which is a rosebush that bloomed only once, when the Madonna appeared among its branches. At Joline's touch, the bush again bursts into bloom, which moves her so greatly that she leaves her lover and begins a new life. As a Red Cross nurse in World War I, Joline discovers Paul wounded on a battlefield, and following his recovery they marry. +

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