Democracy (1918)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Made during World War I, the British Democracy is not, as might be expected, a "Kill the Kaiser" tirade. Rather, it is a sensitive study of England's ingrained class system. A snooty aristocrat (Frank Dane) seduces a low-born girl (Alice Russon), knowing full well that he'll never be forced to marry her. The girl's brother (Bruce Gordon) seethes with jealousy; nonetheless, he saves the aristocrat's life on the battlefield. This action causes everyone concerned to see the social status quo in a different light.

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war, aristocracy, Britain, class [social], class-consciousness, decadence, democracy, English [nationality], life, man, seduction, sister, son, working-class