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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.

Director:

Winsor McCay

Writer:

Winsor McCay
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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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Animation | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1918 (USA) See more »

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The Sinking of the 'Lusitania', an amazing moving pen picture by Winsor McCay. See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

It was German submarine U-20 that torpedoed RMS Lusitania, not German submarine U-39 as shown on the inter-title card. However, on the same day (7 May 1915) U-39 shelled and sunk the United Kingdom trawler Benington in the North Sea. Her crew survived. See more »

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Featured in The Moving Picture Boys in the Great War (1975) See more »

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good and at times shocking
3 December 2016 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

McCay's animation is hypnotic and the realism is shocking. It's all on the same horizontal plane of action, but that makes it so strong and potent to look at, since the point of view doesn't change too much, except to show people falling off the boat. The intertitles don't help so much; they break up the flow of the images and even down to seeing the names and faces and bios on certain 'famous' people of the period (major figures I'm sure but still a distraction), and I wanted to get more Windsor McKay drawings. Showing his process was fascinating too, as the short begins with McKay getting his drawing-marching orders, and you see how he starts with the water, and then lays in everything else. The most shocking part comes with those little figures falling off the ship in droves, but each one has enough detail that they can be distinguished as human beings.


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