Orphans of the Storm


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Orphans of the Storm

  • 1921
  • Directed By: D.W. Griffith
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Drama
  • 150 Minutes
  1. Sunday, April 22, 2012 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Orphans of the Storm
Considered one of D. W. Griffith’s great achievements, the film takes elements from both Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities and Adolphe d’Ennery’s The Two Orphans to create an epic melodrama. The story follows two orphaned girls (Lillian and Dorothy Gish) who are separated during the French Revolution. Henriette vows to find Louise, who is blind. She navigates the aristocracy, while Louise is held captive by a family of gypsies and is fought over by two brothers. The film portrays their dilemma with masterful skill, building the epic drama to its ultimate climax. The film marked Lillian Gish’s final role for Griffith, ending their fruitful nine year collaboration. (16mm presentation)

The film is being presented with live piano accompaniment by Philip Carli.