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The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)

 -  Animation | Short  -  20 July 1918 (USA)
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An animated dramatization of the notorious World War I German torpedoing of the ocean liner, Lusitania.



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An animated depiction of the sinking of the Lusitania: In May 1915, the liner leaves the United States, headed for Liverpool with over 2000 passengers on board. As the ship nears its destination, she is struck and severely damaged by a torpedo from a German U-boat. Even as frantic efforts to evacuate the ship are underway, another torpedo strikes the ship, leading quickly to disaster. Written by Snow Leopard

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20 July 1918 (USA)  »

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The Sinking of the Lusitania is great history lesson as animated by Winsor McCay
3 June 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

I saw two versions of this Winsor McCay animation of this historic incident of the early 20th century: one on YouTube (which linked from and one on Google (which now also links YouTube). The one from YouTube had a big bombastic score that seemed too much and was also a little cheery in spots. Also, the picture filled the whole screen which made some things on screen impossible to see like some of the wording of photos of famous dead people from the sinking (also obscured by "" on screen at all times). On Google, however, the picture was framed enough to view all the way to the last margin on screen and had a suitably somber piano accompaniment throughout. Anyway, what great detail McCay gave to the sinking, the lowering of the lifeboats, the moving ocean, and the two explosions along with the final shot of the water spewing for the last time after the ship goes down for good. Since there seems to be no photographic evidence of this historical event elsewhere, this should be enough visual recording of the disaster for anyone interested in early 20th century history. Highly recommended also for serious animation buffs.

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