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Orphans of the Storm (1921)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 1922 (Poland)
Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way.

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Marquis de Praille
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Mother Frochard
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King Louis XVI
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Henriette and Louise, a foundling, are raised together as sisters. When Louise goes blind, Henriette swears to take care of her forever. They go to Paris to see if Louise's blindness can be cured, but are separated when an aristocrat lusts after Henriette and abducts her. Only Chevalier de Vaudrey is kind to her, and they fall in love. The French Revolution replaces the corrupt Aristocracy with the equally corrupt Robespierre. De Vaudrey, who has always been good to peasants, is condemned to death for being an aristocrat, and Henriette for harboring him. Will revolutionary hero Danton, the only voice for mercy in the new regime, be able to save them from the guillotine? Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$794,650, 31 December 1922
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Included among "The 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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As Danton with the People's Court pardons races to the guillotine execution site, the dusty street beneath the charging feet of his group's horses shows the tire tracks of the camera car preceding them. See more »

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Title Card: [Opening lines] TIME, - Before and during the French Revolution. Our story is of two little orphans who suffer first through the tyranny - selfishness - of Kingly bosses, nobles and aristocrats. After the King's Government falls they suffer with the rest of the people as much through the new Government, established by the pussy-footing Robespierre through Anarchy and Bolshevism. Strange that both these evil rulers were otherwise highly moral men except that they saw evil in all who did not THINK...
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A Great Accomplishment
29 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

I sometimes feel that people who are not sympathetic to the silent era and its genre should not view or comment on them.

As a long-time maven of silent films, I have no problem placing myself in that era and enjoying these movies on their own terms. Much has changed since those days, and most folks simply cannot appreciate the simplicity AND complexity of photoplays without words.

This film is magnificent and entertaining. I am not a fan of most "period pieces", but this transcends the typical fare. Check it out.


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