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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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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

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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)
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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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When the Bastille is taken, the prisoners are freed. There are many of them. In reality, only seven prisoners were freed during the taking of the Bastille. See more »

Quotes

Henriette Girard: Singing - don't you hear? In my dreams I hear - I must be losing my reason.
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Another Magnificent Epic by D. W. Griffith
18 February 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Eighteenth Century in France, a few years before the French Revolution, the Countess de Linieres (Katherine Emmet) asks her minion to deliver her baby daughter Louise to an orphanage to protect her. However he leaves the baby on the stairs of a church. A peasant finds Louise and brings her home to his wife and they find a necklace with her name and money in the basket. They raise Louise with their daughter Henriette as sisters, but years later there is a plague and they die and Louise becomes blind. Louise Girard (Dorothy Gish) is totally dependent on Henriette Girard (Lillian Gish) and they travel to Paris expecting to find the cure of Louise's blindness. The rogue Marquis de Praille (Morgan Wallace) sees Henriette and becomes fascinated with her virginal beauty. He asks his men to abduct Henriette and brings her to his party. Louise is left alone in Paris and the scoundrel Mother Frochard (Lucille La Verne) forces Louise to beg on the streets for her. Meanwhile the noble aristocrat Chevalier de Vaudrey (Joseph Schildkraut) saves Henriette and they fall in love with each other. But Henriette explains that she had promised Louise that she would not marry until Louise could look upon her husband to approve him. Meanwhile Danton (Monte Blue), who is saved by Henriette, and Robespierre (Sidney Herbert) are plotting the French Revolution that explodes on the streets keeping the sisters apart.

"Orphans of the Storm" is another magnificent epic by D. W. Griffith and his last success. The film impresses in many aspects, such as the screenplay, the set locations and fantastic camera work, with impressive angles considering the size of the cameras and the technology in the early Twentieth Century. The plot is a combination of heavy drama, romance and action and sensitive viewers will certainly need a handkerchief to see the touching scenes of the sisters set apart. The suspenseful conclusion, with Danton and his men trying to deliver the pardon of Henriette and Chevalier de Vaudrey, is suspenseful and thrilling. The lovely Lilian Gish is another attraction with a wonderful performance. Last but not the least, "Orphans of the Storm" is a mandatory film for any cinema lover. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Órfãs da Tempestade" ("Orphans of the Storm")


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