A classic play revisited with an effective mix of emotion, adventure and seduction
Originally a theatrical play, written by Adolphe d’Ennery and Eugène Cormon and first performed in 1874, it subsequently became the subject of several cinematographic adaptations. The first, a 1921 silent film directed by D.W. Griffith, starring Lillian and Dorothy Gish. Later versions were directed by Jacques Touneur, Carmine Gallone, Giacomo Gentilomo and Riccardo Freda. This most recent version was directed by Leopoldo Savona, an expert director of Italian genre films. Here, he gives a confident and well-paced re-telling of the painful and dramatic misadventures of the two main characters, with an effective mix of emotion, adventure, history and seduction. His two lead actresses, Isabella Savona and Patrizia Gori, play a large part in the success of the film, their typical 1970s beauty contrasting with the 18th century setting.
Two orphan girls arrive in Paris just before the French Revolution. They are split up: one ends up in the hands of a violent nobleman, while the other ends up with a drunken hag who forces her to beg for money. After many unfortunate events, they finally see a glimmer of justice.