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Orphans of the Storm

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1921
  • D W Griffith
  • 125 mins
  • U

Summary

Silent period melodrama starring Lillian and Dorothy Gish. As the French Revolution approaches, Henriette takes her blind foundling sister Louise to Paris in the hope that her condition can be cured. But they are separated when an aristocrat takes a fancy to Louise.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Following on from Broken Blossoms in 1919 and Way Down East in 1920, DW Griffith, writing under the name of Gaston de Tolignac, here transposed Adolphe Philippe Dennery's play to the time of the French Revolution, built a period Paris on 14 acres at his Mamaroneck studios, and had his luminous star, Lillian Gish, and her sister, Dorothy, play the orphaned sisters caught up in the bloody events. The plot, bursting with colourful and melodramatic incident, has Lillian, the carer of her blind sister, sent to the guillotine for harbouring her aristocrat lover (the splendid Joseph Schildkraut making his screen debut), only to be saved at the last minute by the intervention of Danton (Monte Blue). Heavily sentimental and marred by Griffith's taste for unsubtle and inappropriate comedy, this isn't quite a silent masterpiece, but it is, nonetheless, visually spectacular and largely absorbing.

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Credits

Cast

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Henriette GirardLillian Gish
LouiseDorothy Gish
Chevalier de VaudreyJoseph Schildkraut
Count de LinièresFrank Losee
DirectorKatherine Emmett
Marquis de PrailleMorgan Wallace
Mother FrochardLucille La Verne
Jacques FrochardSheldon Lewis
DantonMonte Blue

Crew

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DirectorD W Griffith

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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