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and thereby passively permitting such inhuman actions."12 medium of film cast atrocity stories as entertainment, lea what he called "cheap sensationalism" and "the screen's ties."128 Casting Auction of Souls as a commercial film with a derstood that its financial success would depend on its u science, fending off charges of the exploitation of viole highlighting film's artistic and humanitarian potential. "Pu ten a distasteful thing," the filmmakers insisted, but "lect while both attract attention at the moment of reading o fades with time." Film, by contrast, offered audiences a la them a realistic "reconstruction" of a "life history." Authe tered in this new medium that backers hoped to legitim constituted little more than "cheap entertainment."129 S thority that stood behind the production, for although mercial rights, he credited philanthropic organizations and and incident has been carefully verified by Lord Bryce," r 125 Michael Hammond and Michael Williams, eds., British Silent Cine 2011), 6. 126 Balakian, The Burning Tigris, 316-317. 127 Extract from The Universe, November 7,1919; Erin Johnson, YMCA London Bridge, to General Film Renting Company, November 13,1919, TNA, HO 45/10955/312971/95. In an interview years later, Mardiganian recalled the exploitation she experienced at the hands of the producers and claimed that the depiction of atrocities was nowhere near the horrors she had actually experienced. Anthony Slide, Ravished Armenia and the Story of Aurora Mardiganian (Lanham, Md., 1997), 5-8. 128 Slide, Ravished Armenia and the Story of Aurora Mardiganian, 15. 129 According to Michael Paris, the film industry cooperated with the government during World War I, producing propaganda and serious war films to gain legitimacy; Paris, "Introduction," in Paris, The First World War and Popular Cinema, 1-4. 130 Though Bryce "saw nothing objectionable in" the film, he claimed to have nothing to do with the production. Bryce to Mr. Shortt, n.d., TNA, HO 45/10955/31297/89. Slide, Ravished Armenia and the American Historical Review February 2014 This content downloaded from 139.102.237.78 on Mon, 01 Feb 2021 18:02:23 UTC All use subject to
72 Michelle Tusan For supporters of the Arm teenth-century atrocity nar portunity to reassert a comm Gladstone, the son of the late "create an army of Crusader (LNU), which had been set u the public, supported public s film would bolster the LNU's cost of that sponsorship was c the organization's cash on h Armenian message justified ment to showing Auction of S and believed that "no one ima tion as between one religion The possibility of reading ab acts of state terror, however sponsored by the LNU and e tance. In the wake of the Amr on a large crowd, killing unar lims against Christians threa delayed trial of Brigadier G troversy in the news and ch tolerant empire that was no declared the controversy "an a help Britain's enemies by ange reau lobbied the Home Offic Story of Aurora Mardiganian, 207.

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