Orphans of the Storm (DVD)

Directed by D. W. Griffith

Release Year: 1921
Running Time: 150
UPC: 7 38329 02692 9
Color Type: B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English intertitles [audio]
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Cast
Lillian Gish
Dorothy Gish
Joseph Schildkraut

Crew
Cinematographer G.W. Bitzer
Directed by D. W. Griffith

Re-creating the aristocratic splendor and devestating poverty of 18th-century France, David Wark Griffith weaves an emotionally-charged tale of two delicate souls caught in the tempest of revolution.

Lillian and Dorothy Gish star as the resourceful Henriette and the blind Louise, who leave their countryside home for Paris in the 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 politcal 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-knuckled climax outside the old city gates of 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 debut).

With Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut


DVD Extras Include:
  • Filmed introduction by Orson Welles

  • Footage taken at D. W. Griffith's funeral

  • Radio eulogy for Griffith by Erich von Stroheim

  • Portfolio of rare Griffith photographs

  • Rescued From the Eagle's Nest (1908), a rare film starring D. W. Griffith the actor

  • "The Story of David Wark Griffith" A lengthy biography of Griffith published in Photoplay Magazine in 1916

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