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Winsor McCay - The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)
The Sinking of the Lusitania is a silent animated short film by American cartoonist and animator Winsor McCay. A work of propaganda, it is a re-creation of the never-photographed 1915 sinking of the RMS Lusitania. At twelve minutes, it has been called the longest work of animation at the time of its release. The film is the earliest animated documentary and serious, dramatic work of animation to survive.
In 1915, a German submarine torpedoed and sank the RMS Lusitania; 128 Americans were among the 1,198 dead. The event outraged McCay, but the newspapers of his employer William Randolph Hearst downplayed the tragedy, as Hearst was opposed to the US joining World War I. McCay was required to illustrate anti-war and anti-British editorial cartoons for Hearst’s papers. In 1916, McCay rebelled against his employer’s stance and began to make the self-financed, patriotic Sinking of the Lusitania on his own time.
The film is stylized as a documentary, informing viewers on details from the actual event, including a moment by moment recap, casualty list, and a list of prominent figures who were killed. The film was one of many animated silent films published to create anti-German sentiment during World War I.
keeping up with the news during vacation.
So I was just browsing the Eoin Macken tag whilst Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty was playing somewhere in the background. Best accident that has happened, recommend to everyone. A godly experience.
Bender: Remember how you said your parents use you to get back at each other?
Claire Standish: [nods]
Bender: Wouldn’t I be outstanding in that capacity?
The newsreels are dead. We’ve bored the public for too long. Give me this opportunity and I’ll prove it. But may I say one more thing—you haven’t seen my best yet.