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The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)

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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A Lusitania elpusztulása  »

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9 May 2015 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Winsor McCay's 1918 cartoon "The Sinking of the Lusitania" was designed to make the US population enter World War I. Every war's gotta have a pretext. The world has spent the past year remembering the global conflict, and the Lusitania got sunk 100 years ago this month. Most important is that World War I set the stage for much of what happened during the 20th century. In addition to the millions of people lost to the war, the Turkish army massacred almost half of Armenia's population. The terrible conditions in Russia combined with conscription led to the 1917 revolution. The Versailles Negotiations led to the Third Reich (caused by the reparations imposed on Germany) and the Vietnam War (Woodrow Wilson's refusal to listen to a young Ho Chi Minh). And then there's the Sykes-Picot Agreement, which led to the current mess in the Middle East.

Anyway, it's a well done cartoon. It's always neat to see the relics of early cinema, and especially the animation. Worth seeing, understanding that it's propaganda cartoon.


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