The wonder film of the century, about the most romantic figure who ever lived!
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: December 11, 2012
- Originally Released: 1930
- Label: Cfs
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Walter Huston, Una Merkel & Ian Keith|
|Performer:||Edgar Dearing, Hobart Bosworth, Henry B. Walthall, Lucille La Verne, E. Alyn Warren, Cameron Prud'homme, Oscar Apfel, Frank Campeau & Jason Robards, Sr.|
|Directed by||D.W. Griffith|
|Edited by||James Smith|
|Screenwriting by||Stephen Vincent Benet|
|Composition by||Hugo Reisenfeld|
|Story by||John W. Considine Jr.|
|Produced by||D.W. Griffith|
|Director of Photography:||Karl Struss|
D. W. Griffith's first sound film, from 1930, is as ungainly and majestic as its subject. Full Review
Working with the sort of mythic material later associated with John Ford, Griffith gives us a primordial Lincoln, perfectly incarnated by Walter Huston, and a dreamlike sense of destiny that his camera fully articulates. Full Review
Rating: 1.5/4 -- Feels like a relic, a sad, weak swan song from one of cinema's most legendary filmmakers. Full Review
From the Front Row
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Brilliant flashes of direction permeate the entire film, and it remains distinctively a product of the great master. Full Review
Rating: 2.5/5 -- Recommended solely for Walter Huston's performance.
Abraham Lincoln is a startlingly superlative accomplishment. Full Review
Rating: B- -- An archaic biopic. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Silent film master D.W. Griffith's first talkie works as a companion piece to his classic BIRTH OF A NATION, providing a detailed biographical sketch of the 16th president. We see his birth in a log cabin, the tragic death of his first love, Ann Rutledge (Una Merkel), his debates with Douglas, his accepting of the presidency, the terrible toll of the Civil War, and finally the tragic assassination at Ford's Theater. Griffith shows his usual meticulous attention to period detail, and the framing of the various vignettes has the feel of historical photographs come to life. Walter Huston is excellent in the title role, with a portrayal that subtly evolves from laconic, wizened rascal to noble elder statesman. This is a fascinating, worthy film, and an interesting historical document in and of itself.
Significant for many reasons, not the least of which is that this is Griffith's first talkie as a director. Tracing the life of the president from his humble birth to his career in politics, Griffith's portrait is factual and sincere--with a stand-out performance by Walter Huston (father of John and grandfather of Angelica) as Lincoln.
- Theatrical release: August 25, 1930.
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