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Auction of Souls (1919)

Ravished Armenia (original title)
The story about the Armenian Genocide based on the account of survivor Aurora Mardiganian.


Oscar Apfel


Aurora Mardiganian (book), Henry Leyford Gates (book) (as H.L. Gates) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Aurora Mardiganian Aurora Mardiganian ... Aurora (as Aurora Mardijanian)
Irving Cummings ... Andranik
Anna Q. Nilsson ... Edith Graham
Henry Morgenthau ... U.S. Ambassador Henry Morgenthau
Lillian West Lillian West
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugenie Besserer
Frank Clark Frank Clark
Howard Davies
Hector Dion
Miles McCarthy


Aurora Mardiganian, a young and beautiful Armenian girl, lives with her parents in the Turkish city of Harpoot. Her father, a prosperous merchant, was preparing to send her to the West to be educated. For centuries the Armenians had been terrorized by the Turks, but this was a period of serenity between the Turks and the Christian-Armenians. However, the War had hit Europe, and the Turks had informed the American ambassador, Henry Morganthau, in Constantinople, that the Armenians were giving support to the Turks' enemy, Russia. Despite Morgantheau's objections, the Turks issue a decree that the Armenians must be moved southward into the desert. The Turkish governor, a Pasha, comes to Aurora's father and demands she be given him as a bride. The father tells him his daughter will not give up her Christian belief, as she would have to do to marry a Muslim. The governor leaves in anger. The order is given for the removal of the Armenians. The men are separated from the women, and the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The film is mostly lost. In 2009 a 24-minute reconstruction was released, incorporating stills, title cards and the only reel of footage known to have survived. See more »


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Ravished Armenia review
29 June 2020 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

Only 20 minutes of this feature-length movie chronicling the genocide of over a million Armenians during WWII survives today, but what remains suggests that this movie was unlike anything to have previously come out of Hollywood. The existing footage is hazy and difficult to follow, but it is still a powerful, and at times harrowing, indictment of the atrocities that members of the human race are capable of inflicting on one another.

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19 January 1919 (USA) See more »

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Armenia Crucified See more »

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California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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