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Film, Video The rival brothers' patriotism Patriotisme des frères rivaux

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  • The rival brothers' patriotism

Other Title

  • Patriotisme des frères rivaux


  • Two brothers, Jim and Robert, who are rivals for the same woman, Mary, enlist in the Union Army during the Civil War. Six months later at camp, Jim inadvertently reads Mary's letter to Robert and realizes Mary loves Robert. That same day, Jim and Robert are charged with carrying a message through enemy territory. While on their mission, Jim confesses that he read Mary's letter and gives the letter to Robert. Jim devises a plan to draw the enemy's attention away, sacrificing himself to allow Robert to escape and deliver the message successfully. After the ensuing battle, Robert finds Jim's body and places a medal on his chest.


  • American Kinema.
  • Pathé frères (France)
  • Pathé Frères (U.S.)
  • AFI/Marshall (George) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Pathé Frères, 1911.


  • -  Sibling rivalry--Drama
  • -  Self-sacrifice--Drama
  • -  United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Drama


  • Historical--Short


  • -  Released in U.S. in April 1911. No French title found for this version.
  • -  French language translation title, Le patriotisme des frères rivaux, is supplied for the France in America project.
  • -  Pathé released a shortened version: A sublime sacrifice. U.S. release date is unknown. According to Catalogue Pathé, the French version, also titled Sublime sacrifice, was released in Oct. 1911.
  • -  LC also holds the English language shortened version.
  • -  MAVIS 830144; The rival brothers' patriotism.
  • -  Contains note stating that film was made in America.
  • -  Digital files viewed.
  • -  Sources used: Moving picture world, v. 8, p. 965; Catalogue Pathé des années 1896 à 1914, 1910-1911, p. 451; AFI STAR database record no. 9969.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Received: 7/1969; viewing print; gift; AFI/Marshall (George) Collection.
  • -  Received: 1/24/2007 from VidiPax; master; preservation; AFI/Marshall (George) Collection.


  • 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 14 min., 371 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. viewing print.
  • 1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (ca. 14 min., ca. 371 ft.) : si., b&w ; 1/2 in. master.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FAA 8325 (viewing print)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • mp73135300

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

American Kinema, Pathé Frères, U.S Pathé Frères, and Afi/Marshall. The Rival Brothers' Patriotism. United States: Pathé Frères, 1911. Video.

APA citation style:

American Kinema, Pathé Frères, Pathé Frères, U. S. & Afi/Marshall. (1911) The Rival Brothers' Patriotism. United States: Pathé Frères. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

American Kinema, et al. The Rival Brothers' Patriotism. United States: Pathé Frères, 1911. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.