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World War I Films of the Silent Era

Genres: Silent, Special Interest, Documentary, War, World War I, Multi-Feature, Military / War

Cast: Charles Ogle, Florence Vidor, Jack Holt, Sessue Hayakawa

Director: William DeMille

Synopsis: The astonishing films in this collection show and explain essential news and propaganda functions of the movies during the Great War of 1914-1918. In those days before television and even before radio, fiction films in movie theaters were the most widely shared public experience, while news films were the most potent and detailed public images of armament, military life and even front line action. Some news film was faked and much of it was censored, but some was authentic, obtained at great risk by daredevil combat cameramen.

FIGHTING THE WAR (1916) is the work of 26-year-old American adventurer Donald C. Thompson, who managed to get to France on Canadian credentials with English troops. He photographed some of the most amazing front line films of the entire war.

THE LOG OF THE U-35 (1917) is a totally authentic filmed account of sinking on one Mediterranean cruise in April 1917 by a submarine commanded by Lothar von Arnauld de la Perriere, Germany's U-Boat Ace of Aces, during the period of unrestricted submarine warfare.

THE SECRET GAME (1917) directed by William C. de Mille and starring Sessue Hayawaka, Florence Vidor, Jack Holt and Charles Ogle. Reported when new as a "timely release," it's a detective story in which representatives of Japan (our ally in 1917-18) and the United States work hand-in-hand to frustrate German agents in their effort to get information about American transport sailings on the Pacific.

THE MOVING PICTURE BOYS IN THE GREAT WAR (1975) is a compilation documentary narrated by Lowell Thomas, illustrating changing attitudes toward the war and its participants, as well as toward the movies themselves. Winner, Gold Medal, 1975 Chicago Film Festival.

Language: Silent

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Year: 1916

World War I Films of the Silent Era
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  • Release Date: Jan 22nd, 2002
  • Catalog Number: ID0512DS02
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  • Run Time: 26
  • Color Format: Tinted
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Language: Silent
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
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  • Release Date: Jan 22nd, 2002
  • Catalog Number: ID0512DS03
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  • Run Time: 67
  • Color Format: Tinted
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Language: Silent
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
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  • Release Date: Jan 22nd, 2002
  • Catalog Number: ID0512DS04
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  • Run Time: 50
  • Color Format: Tinted
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Language: Silent
  • 16:9: No
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
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  • Closed Captions: No
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