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The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot(1915)

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Young violinist David Quixano witnesses the slaughter of his family in the Easter morning pogrom at Kishineff, Russia, which is being conducted by Baron Ravendal to carry out the Czar's decree to massacre one-third of the Jews in Russia, baptize another third and exile the rest. The baron's daughter Vera, imprisoned by the Czar's spies when she aids victims, escapes and goes to New York, where she falls in love with David, who plays in East Side concert halls to survive. After David interests a German music master in promoting his symphony to symbolize the amalgamation of races and religions in America's "melting pot," the baron arrives to reproach Vera. Although Vera subdues his protests, David declares that rivers of blood separate them. The baron penitently offers his life and David is about to kill him, when a broken violin string reminds him of his symphony's ideals. When the symphony is performed, a giant crucible is shown to convert people from all races and countries into American citizens. After David is proclaimed a genius, he and Vera marry.