Theories about the WW1 sinking of the Lusitania are hashed out in this documentary film “last voyage of the Lusitania”. Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the R.M.S. Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck, uncovers files from archives and probes the great ship with his mini-sub for clues. I was impressed with the scope and yet the simplicity of the whole investigation. So often these things tend to get out of control in the hands of the actual filmmaker or the media. I have seen investigations into historical events that are basically ruined from the start because of too much media coverage or too much emphasis from large media sources on ratings-boosting aspects of the project. This one was saved however, and we should be thankful for that. The film shows Dr. Ballard’s trip from New York to investigate the sinking of the lusitania, to the final resting-place of the once great ocean liner, then down three hundred feet to the bottom of the sea in a mini-sub to get some very marvelous, investigative footage of the ship.
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The Lusitania was carrying roughly 1800 people when a torpedo from a German submarine rocked her 30,000 tons. Two massive explosions and 18 minutes later 1200 people were dead. In recent years the manifests of the ship have been released and we have learned that she was carrying quite a lot of ammunition and other wartime supplies to England to help the WW1 effort against Germany. Evidently the Germans never even knew of this information. The submarine that caused the sinking of the lusitania was waiting just off the coast of Ireland to see if there were any other ships in the vicinity. When this one came into range, a single torpedo was fired and that was all it took to sink her.
This is where the conjecture and conspiracy debates begin about the sinking of the Lusitania. Many had previously theorized that she was carrying a payload so secret that there was no paper evidence of its existence and all that knew of it perished with the ship. The supposed payload was a WW1 explosive, possibly TNT. When the torpedo hit, that was all it took to ignite the explosives and cause the sinking of the lusitania or so the folklore goes. The trip to the ocean floor sheds new light on the subject and is the ultimate goal of the documentary film, but is not the entire movie.
There are interviews with actual survivors of the sinking of the Lusitania, many of who are rather old now. The recount their stories of the time period and the voyage itself. The pictures shown of the ship, both interior and exterior are unbelievable. This boat is every bit as luxurious as the titanic, and while I know that’s hard to believe, you will have to watch the movie to see what I mean. I most definitely enjoyed this straightforward documentary film, not mired down by reports and statistics, at least not too much. What a retelling of the sinking of the Lusitania by the survivors! Many of who lost loved ones on the ship. This is a wonderful film and would make a great educational tool as well.to buy this movie on dvd click here.
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FAMILY WARNING! PARENTS READ!
This is the part where I try to provide you with enough info to make a decision about watching a movie with your children. There isn’t really much to be worried about with this movie. I think it would be a great educational film to watch with jr. or the jr. misses. There are some old, still pictures of bodies in caskets from the wreckage and some of them are children. This is pretty eerie, but it is presented in a respectful fashion. Once again, the final choice is yours.
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Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy
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