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D.W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln [Blu-ray]
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D.W. GRIFFITH'S ABRAHAM LINCOLN has been mastered in HD from the Museum of Modern Art's 35mm restoration of Griffith's historical epic and is making its debut on Blu-ray.
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Huston's marvelous portrayal of Lincoln is broad and strong, with angular body language and a "gentle giant" feeling.
The film starts at Lincoln's birth, through the struggles of his youth and love for Ann Rutledge (Una Merkel), marriage to the eccentric Mary Todd (Kay Hammond), whose mental fragility is subtly demonstrated in how she tries to get out a spot in some fabric, his persistence in keeping the Union together through the war at all costs, and his assassination.
A wonderful "biography" film, and a good example of early filmmaking, the main attraction in this for me is Huston's Lincoln. The old quality of this 1930 film almost enhances the feeling that "this was the man".
Griffith's 1930 film "Abraham Lincoln" now receives the HD treatment courtesy of Kino Lorber and thanks to the restoration work of The Museum of Modern Art for the Blu-ray release.
D.W. Griffith is one of America's pioneering filmmakers. Known for creating large-scale silent films such as "The Birth of a Nation", "Intolerance", "Broken Blossoms", "Orphans of the Storm", D.W. Griffith was the big budget super-director during the silent era.
And in 1919, D.W. Griffith along with Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, wanted to control their own interests rather than depending on powerful studios of the time and created United Artists.
But when talkies came and literally ended the life of silent cinema, the once wealthy and powerful D.W. Griffith now became a vulnerable director, an alcoholic, an older director at 53-years-old and because of his work in the silent era, many were not sure if D.W. Griffith can transition into the talkies.
His relationship with producer Joseph M. Schenck was now being tested as films from D.W. Griffith were not earning enough profit for the producer despite doing well compared to others who came from the silent era. And communication between both men was deteriorating.
So, in 1930, D.W. Griffith, a fan of Carl Sandburg's written work on Abraham Lincoln, but also a fan of Lincoln's stories, would go on to work on "Abraham Lincoln". But as the relationship with Schenck soured, Schenck was no longer interested in giving Griffith the money to make big films, in fact, Schenck resorted to D.W.Read more ›
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THIS IS A LOVING RESTORATION OF THIS FILM CLASSIC,AND MAKE THE PUBLIC DOMAIN COPIES ON THE MARKET LOOK LIKE CRAP.WALTER HUSTON AS LINCOLN IS BRILLIANTPublished on January 28, 2014 by TNG1951
Walter Huston does a heartwarming performance in this movie. It starts with Lincoln as a young man and goes on to his assassination. Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Terry
When I ordered this movie I intended to order another movie named merely "Lincoln." This is an earlier interpretation of Lincoln's life whereas the intended movie is the... Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Keith V. Weigel
The quality of this script and the acting very quickly minimize the scratchiness of the sound & black & white doesn't matter a bit. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by NOT an English Major