Abraham Lincoln (1930)

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An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States.


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  • Kay Hammond in Abraham Lincoln (1930)
  • Kay Hammond and Walter Huston in Abraham Lincoln (1930)
  • Kay Hammond and Walter Huston in Abraham Lincoln (1930)
  • Walter Huston in Abraham Lincoln (1930)
  • Walter Huston in Abraham Lincoln (1930)

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25 November 2010 | tim-764-291856
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| Accomplished biopic of a noble politician
It seems incredible the leaps and bounds that were made in less than ten years of cinema back some 90 years ago. D W Griffith's portrait of the great, noble pioneer in U.S politics has all the standard techniques and flourishes that now seem to have become the norm.

Walter Houston looks to be perfectly cast as 'Abe' - towering and dominant without being domineering and having that air of quiet authority. That he was humanitarian and resisted conflict whenever able to. It was nice also to have wife Mary's domestic quibbles thrown in, making this an interesting character study rather than a stiff history lesson.

As for history, no, I didn't learn a great deal, but didn't expect to. I wanted more to see how one of the great pioneering film directors portrayed another Great Man. The wonderfully produced epitaph in the final seconds showed testament to the power of them both.

Yes, the film's sound is hissy and pretty scratchy (I viewed it on-line at Internet Archive) but compared to most movies, certainly of that era and posted on that site, I found it surprisingly enjoyable and effortless.

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