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Orphans of the Storm (1921)




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In this film, Henriette brings her blind sister Louise to Paris, in search of a surgeon who might be able to restore her sister's sight. Henriette is kidnapped by a lascivious nobleman, leaving Louise to wander helplessly about until she too is "stolen" by a family of beggars.
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Lillian Gish
as Henriette Girard
Dorothy Gish
as Louise Girard
Joseph Schildkraut
as Chevalier de Vaudrey
Monte Blue
as Danton
Katherine Emmett
as Countess de Linieres
Frank Losee
as Count de Linieres
Catherine Emmett
as Countess de Linieres
Morgan Wallace
as Marquis de Praille
Lucille La Verne
as Mother Frochard
Sheldon Lewis
as Jacques Frochard
Frank Puglia
as Pierre Frochard
Leslie King
as Jacques-Forget-Not
Sidney Herbert
as Robespierre
Lee Kohlmar
as King Louis XVI
Marcia Harris
as Henriette's Landlady
Adolphe Lestina
as A Doctor
Kate Bruce
as Sister Genevieve
Flora Finch
as A Starving Peasant
Louis Wolheim
as The Executioner
Kenny Delmar
as The Chevalier (as a boy)
Herbert Sutch
as A Meat-Carver at the Fete
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Critic Reviews for Orphans of the Storm

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Dorothy Gish is the blind girl, and this step from comedienne roles into a role of unlimited emotional possibilities reveals new capabilities in the less famous of the two Gish girls.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Orphans of the Storm is a stirring, gripping picture.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

While the director's handling of humour (clumsy) and pathos (heavily milked) demands some generosity from the audience, the eternal radiance of Lillian Gish shines through everything.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the best of the director's late silent epics.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 12, 2014
Radio Times

An overstuffed but ultimately stirring saga of two sisters separated and reunited during the French Revolution.

Full Review… | August 19, 2013
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Orphans of the Storm

Sprawling epic tale of two sisters during the time of the revolutions in France. In many ways this film rivals the 1939 epic Gone With the Wind: A long film which takes place over several years, kindness in the face of adversity, the passing of established society, and girls becoming women by trials of all sort. Not to mention the lavish costumes, sets, and well weaved story-lines. Based on a mid 19th century French play, this was the fifth adaption to the silent screen - and likely the best. I just wish the doctor had had a larger part in the midst of the maelstrom. There is an intermission about 2/3 of the way into the film, so it could be watched in segments.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

I admit that I had a hard time getting into this film, and it took me a week to watch it. I'm not sure if it was the film, or just the fact that I was just tired every time I turned it on. However, after watching it, it stuck with me - and I continue to think about it. The images, mood, story, etc. haunted me . . . so, apparently, I liked it. I think I even liked it a lot. This film is similar in scope to "Tale of Two Cities". When I first read it in high school, I found it boring - but it grew into a seminal piece of literature in my life that informs my primary perception of the French revolution. This film has now added to that arena.

J. Scott Fugate
J. Scott Fugate

A fantastic, yet much too long, melodrama from the famous silent director D.W. Griffith. Forget about Birth of a Nation, this is the film to see. It stars the fabulous Gish sisters and they just melt your heart. The story is brilliant, the movie doesn't even look very old, it has heart and drama. I recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

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