The Sinking Of The Lusitania (1918) — Theatrical Cartoon

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CotD: Prov­ing that ani­ma­tion can be polit­i­cal as well as escapist, Win­sor McCay took on “The Sink­ing Of The Lusi­ta­nia” in 1918 ~

The Sinking Of The Lusitania (1918)

The Sink­ing Of The Lusi­ta­nia (1918)

The Sink­ing Of The Lusi­ta­nia (1918) — The­atri­cal Cartoon

Ani­mated account of the sink­ing of the cruise ship the Lusi­ta­nia on May 7, 1915 by the Ger­man sub­ma­rine U-39. The ship car­ried approx­i­mately 1,500 pas­sen­gers, many of them Amer­i­cans. Two tor­pe­does sank the ship and took 1,150 lives.

The film opens with Win­sor McCay seated at a desk with an assis­tant, prepar­ing to start work on the film. They show that the first job con­sisted of the cre­at­ing of waves, fol­lowed by a scene of the Lusi­ta­nia pass­ing the Statue of Lib­erty. We next see the Ger­man sub­ma­rine in low pro­file, fol­lowed by a closer view, show­ing some of the crew on deck. The Lusi­ta­nia is tor­pe­doed, with much smoke writhing about the ship. There were many famous indi­vid­u­als on board, includ­ing wealthy sports­man Alfred G. Van­der­bilt and the­atri­cal entre­pre­neur Frohman.

We then see lifeboats being low­ered from the ship, which is sink­ing by the bow. The final scene shows the vic­tims strewn between lifeboats and the open sea.

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