ORPHANS OF THE STORM (Theatrical Release USA 1921)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

 Orphans of the Storm—black and white silent film—portrays the why and how behind the rise of the French revolution. Strong story telling technique backed with great actors/actresses push this movie into the ‘definite watch’ category a hundred years after its initial release. Everything transitions well; there is a comprehensible flow to the film that can be much appreciated. The film, overall, is well done.

 Storyline

 Two adopted girls endeavor to make their way through the French Revolution.

 Additional Thanks

 Thank you to Director D.W. Griffith for directing effort. Thank you to Producer D.W. Griffith for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Henriette Girard (Lillian Gish), Louise Girard (Dorothy Gish), Chevalier de Vaudrey (Joseph Schildkraut), Count de Linieres (Frank Losee), Countess de Linieres (Katherine Emmet), Marquis de Praille (Morgan Wallace), Mother Frochard (Lucille La Verne), Jacques Frochard (Sheldon Lewis), Pierre Frochard (Frank Puglia), Picard (Creighton Hale), Danton (Monte Blue), Robespierre (Sidney Herbert), King Louis XVI (Lee Kohlmar), Henriette’s Landlady (Marcia Harris), and Doctor (Adolph Lestina).

 

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Yes. The movie could almost be watched again because it ably captured human events true to every group of mankind with only the name of the revolution and country and time period being different.

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