Civilization Overview:

Civilization (1916) was a Drama - Silent Films Film directed by Walter Edwards and Raymond B. West .


This epic drama with a powerful message was the masterwork of director Thomas H. Ince, D.W. Griffith's only artistic rival in the teens. Released just before the United States' entry into WWI. Set in a make-believe kingdom called Nurma, Civilization makes its pacifist pleas by focusing on that mythical country's own declaration of war and its swift and catastrophic results. The horrors of battle are amply illustrated through a series of symbolic sequences and exemplary melodramatic storylines. In the end, only the intervention of Christ himself can spare further bloodshed and destruction.

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Civilization was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1999.

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The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977, Joseph McGrath)

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National Film Registry


Released 1916
Inducted 1999

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Also directed by Reginald Barker

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Also released in 1916

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