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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 26, 2002
- Originally Released: 1922
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Bonus Footage: D.W. Griffith's Funeral
- Introduction: Orson Welles
- Featurette: RESCUED FROM THE EAGLE'S NEST (1908)
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Stills/Photos: Rare Griffith Photographs
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish & Joseph Schildkraut|
|Performer:||Monte Blue, Creighton Hale, Frank Puglia, Joseph Schildkraut & Dorothy Gish|
|Directed by||D.W. Griffith|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Lillian and Dorothy Gish star as the resourceful Henriette and the blind Louise, who leave their countryside home for Paris in hopes of having Louise's sight restored. Spied by the lecherous Marquis de Praille (Morgan Wallace), Henriette is abducted and the women are tragically separated in a city on the brink of anarchy. With the help of a kind-hearted nobleman (Joseph Schildkraut), Henriette endeavors to find the helpless Louise, but cruel fate repeatedly thwarts her efforts. Griffith exploits their heart-wrenching dilemma with masterful skill, crowning the drama with political intrigue, spectacle, and his usual degree of social moralizing (staunchly disclaiming any parallels between the French Revolution and recent waves of "bolshevism"), drawing the multi-layered epic to its white-knuckle climax outside the old city gates in Paris, beneath the gleam of the guillotine's scarlet blade.
Orphans of the Storm provided Lillian Gish with her final role for Griffith, bringing to a close the long and fruitful collaboration that began in 1912 with An Unseen Enemy (Lillian's and Dorothy's film debuts).
Griffith captures the class injustice at the heart of this story by contrasting scenes of lavish parties at the houses of the nobles with the abject poverty of the beggars outside. The thrilling use of crowds and meticulous historical accuracy make this an epic comparable in scope and theme to BIRTH OF A NATION, which is how Griffith undoubtedly meant it. The film is silent, with tinted scenes and film score.
- Theatrical release: December 28, 1921.
- ORPHANS OF THE STORM was shot in Mamaroneck, New York, where director D.W. Griffith built a reconstruction of eighteenth century Paris.
- The film is based on the play LES DEUX ORPHELINES (THE TWO ORPHANS) by Adolphe d'Ennery and Eugène Cormon.
- According to the review in Variety, the film originally ran 170 minutes.