The popular 19th-century French theatrical piece The Two Orphans has been filmed several times, most memorably by D. W. Griffith's Orphans of the Storm (1921). Italian filmmaker Carmine Gallone's adaptation of Two Orphans dispenses with the French Revolution trappings added by Griffith, returning to the original continuity as written by A. Dermeri. Alida Valli stars as Henrietta, who moves Heaven and Earth to rescue her blind sister Louisa (Maria Denis) from kidnappers. While Louisa is forced to beg in the streets, Henrietta must fend off the unwanted advances of lecherous noblemen. Osvaldo Valenti co-stars as Pietro, a nice aristocrat who champions the cause of the two orphans.
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