Chicago Tribune – Monday February 6, 1922 – Page 4
Have You Ever Read Anything Like This?
“Orphans of the Storm” is the greatest dramatic enactment the world has ever known since the living contests in the Roman amphitheater.” – Says Amy Leslie.
“It is Griffith’s largest achievement – a play of plaintive beauty set like a pearl with the volcanoes of the earth’s heart torn open. The refreshing youth of the Gish girls and Shildkraut come nearer the great truth of drama than celebrities of another era. Its beauty is a continual feast, and its amassment of armies, mobs and gigantic maneuvers plunge into imagination with drawn swords of conviction and verity.” Amy Leslie, News.
“It equals ‘The Birth of a Nation.’ Work of this sort causes some of us who we are, perhaps, too prone to turn up our noses at this eight art to pause and reflect. The mad gallop equals in every particular the ride of the Klansmen in the ‘Birth of a Nation,’ and, for excitement is superior to the famous ice scene of ‘Way Down East.’ The appeal the Gish girls make to the human heart is so strong that one need not blush for the tears that come to the eyes.” Paul R. Martin, Journal of Commerce.
“The Gish girls catch at heart and imagination. They are frailly lovely to see, and their emotions awake instant response in you. Joseph Shildkraut, as the young aristocrat who sees and loves Henriette (Lillian Gish), is a fine actor and is almost too beautiful to be true.” Mae Tinee, Tribune
“The old master of the screen does it again. There were long stretches in ‘Way Down East,’ during which I thought of everything but ‘Way Down East,’ whereas ‘Orphans of the Storm’ is thick all over with the finest fat in the theater. It is a great story, containing audacity and imagination. It never strays; is one big unbroken melodramatic curve in which the streams of D’Ennery, Caryle and Griffith are interfluent.” Ashton Stevens, Herald Examiner
“Griffith has done it again. There are scenes Watteau would have loved to paint. As long as Griffith lives to provide us with photodramas no one need fear a foreign invasion.” Virginia Dale, Journal.
“It is supremely beautiful; delicately woven as to theme; and admirably handled throughout. Griffith has been great before, but he is greater now.”
And the Herald Examiner says:
“Love-making as soft and intriguing as a night breeze across May roses.”
- “ORPHANS OF THE STORM”
- Shubert Great Northern Theatre