Orphans of the Storm (1921) is a drama film by D. W. Griffith set in late 18th century France, before and during the French Revolution.
This was the last Griffith film to feature Lillian and Dorothy Gish, and is often considered Griffith’s last major commercial success.
Like his earlier films, Griffith used historical events to comment on contemporary events, in this case the French Revolution and the rise of Bolshevism. The film is about class conflict and a plea for inter-class understanding and against destructive hatred. At one point in front of the Committee of Public Safety a main character pleas, “Yes I am an aristocrat, but a friend of the people.”
The film is a remake of the lost Theda Bara film The Two Orphans (1915).
Photo is Lillian Gish.