2002-2 | Évangeline, 1919 (silent movie)

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Évangeline, 1919 (silent movie)
Fox Film Corporation
20 x 25 cm
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Keys to History

Evangeline was one of the first North American film heroines. She was the subject of the first Canadian feature film, produced in 1913 by Canadian Bioscope of Halifax. The movie was shot largely in the Annapolis Valley and at Grand Pré.

Hollywood soon adapted the Acadian legend to the big screen. In 1919 William Fox produced Evangeline, with Miriam Cooper in the title role. In 1929 Edwin Carewe came out with a version starring the Mexican actress Dolores Del Rio as Evangeline. The film was shot in Louisiana, mainly in and around St. Martinville. The silent movie was accompanied by a record on which the actress sang the song by Al Jolsen and Billy Rose.

  • What

    This poster is from the première of the Fox film Evangeline.

  • Where

    A number of movie versions of the story have come out over the years, shot in different North American locales, including the Maritimes.

  • When

    This silent film, made in 1919, once again tells the love story of Longfellow's characters.

  • Who

    The movie was a Fox Film Corporation production.