The War of Wars (1914)

Genres - Romance  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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World War I (then known as the European War) had only just started in earnest when a small film company put together this drama. America, in fact, hadn't yet taken sides, and in keeping with this neutral stance, both sides are treated fairly, if a bit unrealistically. Germans occupy a small town near the southeastern border of France. A young German lieutenant, Eric von Rodek (Stuart Holmes) wrecks the interior of a chateau while drunk, and is upbraided by Yvonne Granpre (Edith Hallor), a girl who lives there. Later, when he encounters her in an inn, he tries to have his way with her. She resists, and he comes to his senses. But then the innkeeper tries to force himself on her, and von Rodek kills him. Because of his misdeeds, von Rodek is sent on a dangerous and possibly fatal mission, Yvonne, meanwhile, is taken for a spy and sentenced to be executed. Von Rodek returns just in time to save her and the couple anxiously await the war's end so that they can be together -- of course, little do they (or anyone else) realize that peace will take four more years.