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Interestingly, this production allows us further insight to him in a unique, dark perspective at times. This production probably isn't correctly named as it's not about Lincoln in the complete form, but it takes a much darker, closeted approach to explaining the man.
I think many people were taken back a bit by this production and were expecting something lighter, more cheerful and triumphant about Lincoln but instead this film is the opposite. I can't say it was totally negative, it just offered strange, unusual insight and possibilities to this complex character. What this show tried to convey was just how some of Lincoln's motivations, considerations and mind state were developed from earlier boyhood years and dealing with depression.
I wasn't too keen on some of the considerations of Lincoln and possible suicidal tendencies. Unfortunately, this production focused a lot on negative things about Lincoln shading him in a dark shroud with shocking misery. It does offer interesting perspective, but the opinions stated are simply that. Opinions without fact. I know Lincoln had issues and had a lot of carry on his shoulders throughout life although I don't think he was so distraught, fearing and suicidal as this documentary portrays.
Abraham Lincoln's sexual identity is questioned because he shared an illness (depression) and thus a friendship with Joshua Speed. It's implied in this documentary that their several surviving correspondences were love letters, although nothing within these texts even hints at carnality. Much is made of Speed offering to share his bed when Lincoln had no place to sleep. Further casually presented "proof" is an unsubstantiated allegation that the President was caught asleep at the Soldier's Home in D.C. accompanied by a captain, who was wearing Lincoln's nightshirt at the time.
Yet, we have conflicting stories of opposite behavior.
It's suggested that soon after ending his first engagement with Mary, Abe visits a riverside madam. He haggles her price down and when they're finished, she makes it a "freebie," proving (in the opinion of a commenter) the man's absolute charm and thus a good reason he was later elected president!!!
The First Lady (Mary) is said to have furnished her lavish Washington lifestyle with bribes and kickbacks. No definitive documentation given here either, beyond a nice coat of tar.
Our main theme is a lifelong melancholia that first manifested at age nine after young Abe saw his mother suffer for a week and die from tainted milk. His father reportedly slapped the boy around and rented him out as slave labor. A conclusion is made that herein lies the source of Abraham's hatred of this "peculiar institution." No mention at all of his ambivalent remarks on the slavery issue. After every major battle, the President is said to have talked of suicide or wished for death. No specific references given, although this seems quite possible.Read more ›
This is not an easy documentary to find, with the dozens of newer films plus the National Geographic "Lincoln" series (which isn't even offered in its entirety but I did review two of them).
I struggled to locate this on Amazon until I realized that the 'top star billing' for the featured experts would be Vidal ... and I was right. In fact I love this documentary because even at that time it was odd to hear whispers about Lincoln's gayness, but here they face it head-on and thoroughly. Vidal, who offers the concluding remarks on the subject, simply says one hopes if Lincoln was gay that he found some happiness in his relationships.
An annoying thing about this documentary is the reenactment that haunts it throughout: the camera is actually Lincoln's point of vision as he wanders the White House on the last day of his life. That is a major bone of contention for me, the historical reenactment, because it is replacing both solid documenting and good journalism. Luckily, this does not stoop to actual reenactments with the full-blown cinematic treatment, though there is one very funny reenactment that does not involve Lincoln.
Considering this is nearly three hours of documentary - though it's neatly divvied up into "chapters" of Lincoln's life - it flows nicely and quickly. Each "chapter" of Lincoln's life is carefully titled as they start to address it, and each part is very well covered as I said.Read more ›
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One of the worst shows about Lincoln I have ever seen. It seems if the writers just made up most of it to try to get publicity.Published 28 days ago by J. Full
I enjoyed this video very much. Since it was a joint effort among several notable authors, it presented different points of view. I found it a very easy video to watch.Published 6 months ago by S. J. Smith
Most interesting and full of little known details about Lincoln. Our children also enjoyed it.Published 8 months ago by HotinTN
There are some truly great moments; however, there are several "ouch" moments! An image of Mrs. Lincoln is NOT even close to being Mrs. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Darin L. Jolliffe-Haas
The best documentary I've ever seen about Lincoln. From his meager beginnings as a child, through the Civil War, to his hardships until the very end. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steve
This timeless two and a half hour documentary provides outstanding "behind-the-scenes, rest of the story" analysis of what was behind the thinking of the Lincolns'... Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Roger L. Wisegarver
this is a good biography of lincoln i would reccomend this to anyone who watches biographies of lincoln. the movie works great and arrived on timePublished on January 5, 2013 by bill lisson