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Orphans of the Storm
Having turned the creaky old stage melodrama Way Down East into a money-spinning film, director D.W. Griffith set about to perform the same magic with the barnstorming theatrical piece The Two Orphans. Adolphe Philippe Dennery's play told the story of two orphaned girls, one blind, who are separated early on and undergo innumerable deprivations before their tearful reunion. Though the play took place in France, it had nothing whatsoever to do with the French Revolution; this didn't stop Griffith from plunking the storyline smack dab in the middle of that late-18th-century maelstrom,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"Dorothy Gish is the blind girl, and this step from comedienne roles into a role of unlimited emotional possibilities reveals new capabilities in the less famous of the two Gish girls."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"One of the best of the director's late silent epics."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"[T]he sheer amount of realized ambition on display in it makes it a sight to behold."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"Orphans of the Storm is a stirring, gripping picture."
‑ , New York Times
"Heavily sentimental and marred by Griffith's taste for unsubtle and inappropriate comedy, this isn't quite a silent masterpiece, but it is, nonetheless, visually spectacular and largely absorbing."
‑ Robin Karney, Radio Times
"Enjoyable silent drama built around touching performances by the Gish sisters, some spectacular action sequences, and Griffith's own love of a rattling good yarn."
‑ , Film4
"While the director's handling of humour (clumsy) and pathos (heavily milked) demands some generosity from the audience, the eternal radiance of Lillian Gish shines through everything."
‑ David Thompson, Time Out
"An overstuffed but ultimately stirring saga of two sisters separated and reunited during the French Revolution."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"D.W. Griffith, always the showman, set out to make an epic from a story about sisters in trouble."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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