1916, Director Thomas H. Ince
Accompaniment: Meriheini Luoto orchestra
The first really noteworthy anti-war film, a grand production of its time, which endeavored to show how pointless and merciless war was to the home front. The first half of this two-pronged film is extremely effective to watch. Warmongers succeeded in quietening the voices of those striving for peace and forgot ordinary citizens, in the middle, who just just wanted to live their everyday lives. Madness flares up, war draws everything in and Ince, with his film crew, smothers the screen with unforgettable war footage complete with press ganging and civilian casualties. The last half, with a Christ-like character walking through battlefields is weaker than the first, but the film is still impressive overall.
Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Film Foundation.
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