Accompaniment: Jonathan Hutchings, Jack Hutchings and Claude Bouillin
1919, Director: Irwin Willat
A war propaganda film with one of the worst reputations for its unsurpassable sadism and still shocking depiction of an American man of German descent, who became wild with rage when he lost his wife to the enemy and she became their toy. Screened at the Le Giornate del Cinema Muto Festival in 2016, this was the most talked about film of the whole festival and is a must see for every silent film enthusiast, as there really are no words to describe it.
1918, Director: Christopher Spencer
22 months in the making, this ten minute short film is an intriguing example of what is nowadays a genre dominated by children’s movies, and was harnessed for propaganda purposes at a very early stage. This film, The Sinking of Lusitania, about the Lusitania being torpedoed, is of a high standard artistically and thrillingly presented. McCay explains the events leading to the deaths of 1,198 people via attacking and sometimes aggressive intermediate texts. A milestone in animated films.
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