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Actress Rita Jolivet was a survivor of the Lusitania, which sank off the coast of Ireland on May 17, 1915. According to a modern source, Rita Jolivet's husband, Count Giuseppe de Cippico, produced the film with J. L. Kempner. According to publicity, the film was a $250,000 production with a cast of 3,000 people. According to a news item, many of the scenes were shot in a French village built in Westchester County, NY. Also according to publicity, the film immortalized the last words of American theatrical producer Charles Frohman, who died on the ship. His last words, as reported by Jolivet, who was with him as he died, were, "Why fear death? It is life's most beautiful adventure."