Underground Films: “Civilization” (1916) 8mm w/ Music | Berkeley
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The Tannery | 708 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA 94710
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Civilization (1916) 8mm/Musical Accompaniment | Berkeley Underground Films at the Tannery
Civilization is a 1916 American pacifist allegorical film about a submarine commander who refuses to fire at a civilian ocean liner supposedly carrying ammunition for his country’s enemies. The film was a big-budget spectacle that was compared to both Birth of a Nation and the paintings of Jean-François Millet.
The film was a popular success and was credited by the Democratic National Committee with helping to re-elect Woodrow Wilson as the U.S. President in 1916. The film was also the first to depict Jesus Christ as a character in a motion picture, leading some to criticize the depiction as in “poor taste.”
Musical accompaniment will be provided for this film.