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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.

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writers:

Adolphe d'Ennery (novel), Eugène Cormon (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lillian Gish ... Henriette Girard
Dorothy Gish ... Louise Girard
Joseph Schildkraut ... Chevalier de Vaudrey
Frank Losee ... Count de Linieres
Katherine Emmet Katherine Emmet ... Countess de Linieres
Morgan Wallace ... Marquis de Praille
Lucille La Verne ... Mother Frochard
Sheldon Lewis ... Jacques Frochard
Frank Puglia ... Pierre Frochard
Creighton Hale ... Picard
Monte Blue ... Danton
Sidney Herbert Sidney Herbert ... Robespierre
Lee Kohlmar Lee Kohlmar ... King Louis XVI
Marcia Harris Marcia Harris ... Henriette's Landlady
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... Doctor
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Storyline

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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Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1922 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Two Orphans See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$794,650, 31 December 1922
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally to be released under the title "The Two Orphans" until it was discovered two foreign films were about to be released with the same title. To avoid confusion, director D.W. Griffith changed the title. See more »

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Early in the Paris scenes there are two bare-chested revolutionaries. One has visible tan lines showing that he had worn a 20s lifeguard-style two-strap bathing suit. See more »

Quotes

The Sans-culottes: *Guillotine* - Guillotine - GUILLOTINE!
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Often Exciting, Often Moving, & A Triumph For the Gish Sisters
21 September 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The story is often exciting and often moving, yet the chance to see Lillian and Dorothy Gish together might be the best reason of all to watch Griffith's silent classic, "Orphans of the Storm". The story combines the tumultuous backdrop of the French Revolution with a worthwhile melodrama involving the ordeals of two sisters who are practically alone in the world.

The French Revolution used to be a frequent setting for some fine films - between the ideas involved and the upheavals that it brought, it's almost ready-made for cinema. Here, as the two sisters, Lillian and Dorothy are struggling to help each other when they are caught up in the turmoil around them, and they find themselves involved with everyone from the lowest classes of society up to some of the best-known personalities of the Revolution.

The historical background is often stylized, and it is mainly there to lend drama to the story about the sisters, rather than to provide an accurate look at history. The characterizations of some of the revolutionary leaders are interesting, but they are not always accurate. Yet from a purely dramatic viewpoint it works well. The involved story, along with the personal appeal of Gish sisters, combine to win the audience's sympathy quickly, and to heighten the tension as the story plays out. It's a well-acted and memorable melodrama.


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