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OUR DOCUMENTARY

    We are proud to present to all silent film lovers our multiple award-winning documentary! In March 2015 it won the distinction "Award of Merit" at the San Francisco Film Awards. In May it won the Silver Award at the 2015 International Independent Film Awards. In September 2015 it won the Award of Recognition at the Accolade Global Film Competition. Of equal merit is the inclusion of the documentary in the Official Selection of the San Jose International Short Film Festival in October 2015. In December the documentary won the extremely prestigious Diamond Award at the 2015 California Film Awards. The amazing run of recognition for our documentary continued in 2016. In February it was included in the Official Selection of the Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival.

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   Lillian and Dorothy Gish

 

Directed by               D. W. Griffith
Produced by             D. W. Griffith
Scenario by               D.W. Griffith          
Based on                    The Two Orphans by Adolphe-Philippe D’Ennery and Eugène Cormon
Starring                     Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish
Cinematography       Billy Bitzer
Editing by                  James Smith and Rose Smith
Distributed by           United Artists
Release date               December 28, 1921
Running time             150 min.
Country                      United States
Language                    Silent film, English intertitles

 

"Orphans of the Storm" (1921) is a historical drama directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish. This film illustrates the work of our star cinematographer Billy Bitzer. 


The events in the film occur before and during the French revolution of 1789, which was caused by the extreme societal inequalities, with aristocracy enjoying unlimited privileges and the common people deprived of human rights and often doomed to starvation.

A young woman with an aristocratic background becomes the victim of her own kin.  After she marries a "commoner" her "noble" relatives decide to save the family honor from disgrace by performing a very ignoble act - murdering her husband and taking her baby daughter away from her.  The baby by the name of Louise (played by Dorothy Gish) is left in the street, but is lucky to be saved from freezing to death by a poor man.  He raises Louise together with his daughter Henriette (Lillian Gish).

After their parents die the two sisters are raised in the north of the country.  A plague causes Louise to lose her eyesight and she becomes fully dependent on her sister.  Later on as young ladies they decide to make a trip to Paris to repair Louise's vision.

The big city is very unkind to them.  A lustful aristocrat kidnaps Henriette and Louise is left alone and helpless.  She quickly becomes the victim of an evil woman, who makes her sing and beg for money in the streets.  At the same time Henriette is taken to the nobleman's palace.  She is only saved from his orgies by a young aristocrat with compassion for common people.  After that she fruitlessly searches for her sister Louise.

On the verge of the revolution its main leader Danton is chased by the king's secret service.  He is wounded, but manages to escape, finding himself in Henriette's home.  She nurses him back to health, but the incident is used against her by the city's police chief.  He wants to prevent her marriage to the young nobleman, his nephew, by sending her to jail and him to exile.

By that time commoners led by Danton storm the Bastille and in the ensuing chaos and terror Henriette and her man are arrested and sentenced to die on the guillotine. 

The film is ranked number 57 in the list of The Top 100 Silent Era Films of the influential website Silent Era.

It has an excellent rating in IMDB.

 

Orphans of the Storm (1921) on IMDb

 

 

 

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