Orphans of the Storm #MovieReview

Film 283 in the ‘1001 Films to See Before You Die’ challenge is 1921’s “Orphans of the Storm”. Based on Adolphe d’Ennery & Eugene Cormon’s play entitled ‘Les Deux Orphalines’, this D.W. Griffith drama is about two orphaned sisters who are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way. And just like the last D.W. Griffith film I watched, Intolerance (film 282), it didn’t take long before I switched this off. Just like Intolerance, there were scenes randomly edited in. In this film, we look at two orphan sisters growing up then the next scene King Louis arrives just to say hi then in the next scene Thomas Jefferson is seen giving a talk in Paris. Why? The text on screen didn’t help yet again instead telling me random rubbish that made no sense. Also, if the two orphan sisters are born from separate parents then why are they played by actual sisters (Lillian & Dorothy Gish)? Doesn’t that ruin the whole idea that these are, technically, step-sisters? Especially if the two identical to one-another. Also, it really doesn’t help that throughout the film I was more interested in singing ‘Riders of the Storm’ by The Doors. At least that song makes sense and is good. Unlike this film which makes no sense and is bad. I lasted 17 minutes before boredom kicked in. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1921’s “Orphans of the Storm”

Film – Orphans of the Storm
Year – 1921
Director – D.W. Griffith
Written by – D.W. Griffith
Based On – “Les Deux Orphalines” by Adolphe d’Ennery & Eugene Cormon (play)
Staring – Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut
IMDb Rating – 7.9/10
My Rating – Listen to The Doors
Length – 150 min (2h 30min)
Genre – Drama

Why can’t I stop singing ‘Riders of the Storm’ by The Doors?

And just like the last D.W. Griffith film, I’m already hating this film from the start


So much text on screen that it doesn’t fit the screen

A woman wakes up to see her husband get stabbed

He clearly shoved that sword under his armpit

The woman then gives up her baby, Louise, for adoption

Fuck it! Just leave it in the snow outside a church

A homeless man dressed like a scarecrow find the baby and takes it

I can’t tell if that says ‘love her’ or ‘save her’

Still singing The Doors in my head

Years pass and the family are now wealthy

Meanwhile, a meeting takes place in a government house in Paris

Good thing I have Spotify otherwise this film would be very hard to watch

A man get his wig powdered only for him to put a hat on

Someone arrives to sell apples but is really there to complain about the high taxes

Meanwhile, a man gets melted lead poured on his arms for some reason

Here comes King Louis

I have no idea what’s happening and I’m only 13 minutes in

Thomas Jefferson is in town… no idea why

Is that a sword in your pocket or are you pleased to see me

The two orphan sisters are now older and one of them is heading to Paris

Wait… If they are orphans from separate parents then why are they played by real life sisters

Why does the mother look like Eric Idle in drag?

‘I can’t see you’ – Looks right at her



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