My Four Years in Germany

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My Four Years in Germany
My Four Years in Germany (1918) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Nigh
Clifford P. Saum (assist. director)
Produced by The Warner Brothers
Mark M. Dintenfass
Written by Charles A. Logue
Based on My Four Years in Germany
by James W. Gerard
Starring Halbert Brown
Cinematography Rial B. Schellinger
Edited by William Nigh
Production
company
My Four Years in Germany Pictures, Inc.
Distributed by First National Exhibitors' Circuit, Inc.
Release date
March 10, 1918 (New York City premier)
April 29, 1918 (general)
Running time
108 minutes (10 reels)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
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My Four Years in Germany is a 1918 American silent war drama film that is notable as being the first film produced by the four Warner Brothers, Harry, Sam, Albert, and Jack. It was directed by seasoned William Nigh, later a director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and was based on the experiences of real life U. S. Ambassador to Germany James W. Gerard as described in his book. The film was produced while World War I was still raging and is sometimes considered a propaganda film.[1][2]

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Reception[edit]

Like many American films of the time, My Four Years in Germany was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required cuts, in Reel 7, of the intertitle "Do you know where will be quarted tonight?", two scenes of officer entering cabin into which young woman runs and his exit, scene of young woman lying in bed with clothing disarranged after her criminal assault, scene of dead woman on ground, Reel 8, the intertitle "The first night we were quartered with the soldiers", and, Reel 10, scene of man drawing sword out of other man's body.[3] The Chicago board's cuts totaled twenty feet of film.

Preservation[edit]

A copy of My Four Years in Germany is held in the Turner Entertainment film library.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: My Four Years in Germany
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: My Four Years in Germany at silentera.com
  3. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (21): 31. May 18, 1918.
  4. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: My Four Years in Germany
  5. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, p. 123 c.1978 by The American Film Institute

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