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With American opinion divided over the European war in 1915, no fewer than three major motion pictures were conceived with anti-war messages in mind: J. Stuart Blackton's The Battle Cry of Peace, D.W. Griffith's Intolerance and Thomas Ince's Civilization. Set in the mythical kingdom of Wredpryd, Civilization begins with war spreading through the land. Inventor Count Ferdinand (Howard Hickman), against the wishes of his pacifist fiancee (Enid Markey), agrees to commandeer a submarine against the enemy. When his sub blows up, the Count is rescued from eternal damnation by the spirit of Jesus Christ, whose soul enters Ferdinand's body. Ferdinand returns to life, convincing the King of Wredpryd (Herchel Mayal) that he, the king, has divine powers. But Jesus, using Ferdinand as his vessel, shows the king that no man is above the laws of God--and also gives him an up-close-and-personal tour of the bloody battlefield. The King realizes the error of his ways, and declares an end to the battle. Extremely popular during its first year of release (1916), Civilization disappeared from view the moment that the US declared war against Germany. Though its direction is often credited to producer Thomas Ince, Civilization was actually directed by committee: among its helmsmen were Walter Edwards, Raymond B. West, Jay Hunt, Reginald Barker, J. Park Read and David M. Hartford.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2018
UPC: 0089218806994
Original Release: 1916
Source: Alpha Video
Sound: [silent]
Sales rank: 83,531

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Howard Hickman Count Ferdinand
Enid Markey Katheryn Haldemann
Herschel Mayall The King of Wredpryd
George Fisher The Christ
Frank J. Burke Luther Rolf, the peace advocate
Lillian Read A Young Child
Jerome Storm His Son
J. Barney Sherry The Blacksmith
Ethel Ullman His Daughter
Kate Bruce A Mother
Lola May Queen Engenie
Charles French The Prime Minister
Alice Terry Actor
Claire Du Brey Actor
Fanny Midgley Actor

Technical Credits
Reginald Barker Director
Walter Edwards Director
David M. Hartford Director
Jay Hunt Director
Thomas Ince Director,Producer
J. Parker Read Director
Raymond B. West Director
Joseph H. August Art Director,Cinematographer
Dal Clawson Cinematographer
Clyde de Vinna Cinematographer
Devereaux Jennings Cinematographer
Charles Kaufman Cinematographer
Victor Schertzinger Score Composer
LeRoy Stone Editor
C. Gardner Sullivan Screenwriter
Irvin V. Willat Cinematographer

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