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The Sinking of the 'Lusitania' (1918)

TV-PG | | Animation, Short | 20 July 1918 (USA)
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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The Sinking of the 'Lusitania', an amazing moving pen picture by Winsor McCay.  »

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The event depicted in this film occurred on Friday 7 May 1915. See more »

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The German submarine fired only one torpedo, not two. The second explosion originated from within the ship near where the torpedo hit. The cause still remains uncertain. See more »

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Featured in Animated Century (2003) See more »

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As history, the film deserves a 2; as its power as a propaganda tool, a 10!
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This is a tough animated film to rate, as in some ways this is a wonderful film and in others it's lousy. When it comes to mobilizing the American public to demand war and volunteer to fight abroad, it was top-notch propaganda. It did so much to justify our entry into the war to destroy the evil Hun! But, history has shown us a lot that was not discussed in the film. First, the Lusitania was not an innocent passenger liner. Recent dives have found detonators and other contraband were being carried on this passenger liner. Second, the Germans were at fault for this pointless war--as were the Russians, Austria-Hungarians, French, British, etc.! And third, although widely circulated during the war as a deliberate hoax, the Kaiser did NOT decorate the captain of the sub for sinking the Lusitania!! If you ignore all the controversy above and just focus on the quality of the animation, for 1918, this is an amazing film. Well animated with excellent backgrounds and a jerking and super-effective finale featuring a drowning mother and her child--this is an amazing film. While most today would probably find the animation primitive and dull, for its time it was terrific. Too bad the central message is so fatally flawed and inaccurate.


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