Abraham Lincoln on Screen: Fictional and Documentary by Mark S. Reinhart

By Mark S. Reinhart

President Lincoln is the main often portrayed American old determine within the background of the movie and tv arts, having been featured in approximately three hundred productions because the beginning of the movie medium. during this paintings, entries conceal every one movie, documentary and tv portrayal of Lincoln, supplying crucial solid, construction and unencumber info, and a dialogue of every work's ancient accuracy and inventive advantages. This up-to-date variation presents statement on all new movies produced lately, in addition to dozens of previous motion pictures, akin to The contention, Abraham Lincoln (1924) and Lincoln (1929), that weren't coated within the unique variation.

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Mary was terribly worried about her husband’s safety, while Lincoln tended to take threats against his life more lightly than he should have. Scenes such as this reduce Abe Lincoln’s Story to the level of caricature in terms of its historical accuracy, and in the case of Mary Todd Lincoln, unflattering and untrue caricature at that. Despite its flaws, the program is worth watching for the performance of Crahan Denton. His likeness to Lincoln is quite good: his lean face and tall, lanky frame are very reminiscent of George Billings, the actor who played Lincoln so memorably in a number of films during the late silent era, most notably 1924’s The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln.

Screenplay: David Grubin, Geoffrey C. Ward. Senior Producers: Allyson Luchak, Mark Samels. Editors: Tom Haneke, Deborah Peretz, Seth Bomse. Music: Michael Bacon. Cinematography: James Callanan. Field Producer: Amanda Pollak. Series Associate Producer: Sarah Colt. Executive Producer: Margaret Drain. Production Company: David Grubin Productions (for American Experience in association with PBS). Network Originally Aired: PBS. Length: 360 minutes. Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided originally aired in February 2001 as a three-part installment of the long-running PBS documentary series American Experience.

W. Griffith, who was returning to some of the same historical territory that he had covered in Birth of a Nation. This was his first film since the advent of sound, and audiences were anxious to see (and hear) what kind of masterpiece he would produce using the new technology. As it turned out, the film was not a masterpiece at all. Like so many silent filmmakers who were somewhat forced into the sound era, Griffith seemed rather confused with this new dimension; the dialogue and overall pacing of the film is woefully slow.

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