''Orphans of the Storm '' is a 1921 silent film, directed by [[Creator/DWGriffith D. W. Griffith]] and starring Creator/LillianGish. It was based on the French novel ''Les deux orphelines'' by Adolphe d'Ennery. It is also a remake of a 1915 lost film called ''The Two Orphans''. It was the last Griffith film featurning Gish; his career went into decline after his most popular star struck out on her own.
In 18th century France, Henriette and Louise are orphan sisters who struggle to survive in extreme poverty. Louise goes blind from malnutrition and Henriette is abducted by a lustful aristocrat. Meanwhile, unrest rises, and climaxes into the violent turmoil of the French Revolution, which is depicted from the perspective of both sisters.
This film is in the public domain and may be viewed in its entirety at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDO7tIzb2cs YouTube]].
'''This film provides examples of:'''
* AdaptationExpansion: The original story was ''not'' set in the French Revolution.
* BigDamnHeroes[=/=]TheCavalry: Danton and Co.
* KickTheDog: Constantly!
* RealLifeRelative: Step-sisters Henriette and Louise are played by actual sisters Lillian and Dorothy Gish.
* TruthInTelevision: The movie includes several real life events and has commentary about different social classes.