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Saving Lincoln


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  • Actors: Tom Amandes, Lea Coco, Penelope Ann Miller, Bruce Davison, Creed Bratton
  • Directors: Salvador Litvak
  • Writers: Salvador Litvak, Nina Davidovich
  • Producers: Salvador Litvak, Reuben Lim, Horatio Kemeny
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Pictures From the Fringe
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D4CH1QM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,055 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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SPECIAL FEATURES:
Interactive Civil War Photo Gallery
The Making of a CineCollage Film
Acting in a Green Screen World
The Music of Saving Lincoln
Director/Writers Audio Commentary
Theatrical Trailer
English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
Format: NTSC, 16:9 Widesrceen
Language: English, 5.1 Digital Sound

Based on the true story of Abraham Lincoln (Tom Amandes) and his close friend, Ward Hill Lamon (Lea Coco), Saving Lincoln combines elements of theater and cinema to create a new visual world within vintage Civil War photographs. When the first assassination attempt occurs on the way to Washington in 1861, banjo-playing, pistol-wielding Lamon appoints himself Lincoln's bodyguard. From this unique perspective, Lamon witnesses every aspect of Lincoln's fiery trial as Commander-in-Chief, soothes his friend's tormented soul, and saves him from repeated attempts on his life. Lincoln sends Lamon away on a mission shortly before the fateful night at Ford's Theatre, yet it is Lamon who redefines that tragic event in a surprising and uplifting manner. Saving Lincoln has been called "a new and different kind of cinematic experience…truly fascinating" (Film Journal International), as well as "brave, incisive, brilliant and entirely factual" (Harold Holzer, Lincoln author and authority).

"Moving, ingenious, original... an important film that must be seen"
- Michael Medved

"A film with personality...shows the human side of the President"
- Louis Saenz, NPR

"Breaking new ground"
- IndieWIRE

"Visually innovative, superbly acted"
- Jeffrey Lyons

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Definitely recommend it for film and history buffs.
bobbydig
The use of still photographs is an inspired way to tell this epic story and make it look like a film of huge proportions.
pasttime
It makes Lincoln human in a way that my students and I would assume others can understand.
Wambutu

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By William E. Byrnes on June 10, 2013
Format: DVD
While the 2012 film Lincoln was very good, and it was a pleasure sitting in a theater and hearing people laugh at Lincoln's jokes, even if they were one hundred and fifty years old, this film seems to capture something more like the connection Lincoln had to his adopted home in Illinois. I had read Lamon's book Remembrances of Abraham Lincoln, through the Illinois Digital Archive, and it was a fascinating account. As does the film, it begins in the 8th judicial circuit in the 1840s, and follows Lincoln through his career in Congress, the two races for the US Senate in 1856 and 1858, the Presidency and right up to that last encounter. The plaintive statement "and that was the last time I saw my friend", is as heartrending in the film as it was in print.

For me, historical figures are more interesting for their humanity, than the monumental achievements of their careers. Ever since I was a child, I felt more of a connection to Lincoln from a line like "I cannot spare this man, he fights!" than from "four score and seven years ago". This film, like Lamon's book, sees the Lincolns as a family, faced with a terrible tragedy, reflecting the tragedy that befell all families in the years from 1861-1865. They face the end of the nation, with the collapse of the Union, but with the help of Hill's "West Virginia Claw Hammer" they enjoy a spirited rendition of the trials of "old Dan Tucker". In the verse that Mary sings alone, she seems almost a young girl in love again. That's a rare view of the First Lady, that so many film makers have preferred to see as either a spendthrift or a madwoman.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Wambutu on June 6, 2013
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I am writing this review from the perspective of the history teacher. This may incline you to think that I am going to need a very detailed movie that gets every fact perfect. For my personal preference that happens to be true. I loved Spielberg's 'Lincoln' for that reason. But I also happen to have the equivalent of a masters degree in Civil War studies. As a teacher what I need is a movie to be accessible as well as accurate.
'Saving Lincoln' is an amazingly accessible film. There are scenes where the pain that Lincoln bore pours off the screen. It makes Lincoln human in a way that my students and I would assume others can understand. I asked my students which of the movies I showed this year they liked the best and it was hands down 'Saving Lincoln'. So if you want a movie that shows Lincoln and you don't need a degree in American History to enjoy, you'll like this one.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By pasttime on June 6, 2013
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This film is a fresh perspective into the life of Abraham Lincoln. The relationship between Lincoln and his loyal bodyguard is full of surprises and strong emotions.
The use of still photographs is an inspired way to tell this epic story and make it look like a film of huge proportions. Hats off to the filmmakers for their creativity and story-telling skills.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and recommend it to all.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By joshola on June 6, 2013
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"Saving Lincoln" is unlike any film you've seen before. The director has created a unique format, combining actual historical images with the dramatic narrative of the story. If you enjoy American History, or if you want to appreciate and understand the life of one of America's greatest heroes, then this film is for you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Douglas on June 6, 2013
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I really enjoyed this take on Lincoln's life. Great performances, and fantastic imagery. The use of real photos makes this film the authentic choice. The effects come off beautifully. And, I love the way this movie was produced: through kickstarter with fan support. With that, and the daily interaction on the movie's Facebook posts, you can really feel the grassroots support for this movie! This one is the historian's pick.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By gws on June 9, 2013
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I saw this movie twice when it screened in LA! It's really special. The filmmakers used a very unique technique that they are calling "cine-collage" where the backgrounds are actually real civil war photographs that they went and animated! The performances are all great especially Lea Coco -- this kid is a star! Really. The filmmakers take you on ride through Lincoln's world in the most unique way dropping little nuggets of new things you may not have known about Mr. Lincoln. It's really worth your while...
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By terpfan1980 VINE VOICE on June 5, 2013
Format: DVD
After seeing someone else's "Like" of this film go by in my social media news feed, I was intrigued enough to investigate just what this crowd sourced project was all about.

As a fan of history this film seemed a natural for me to gravitate to and as I read more about it, I became more and more determined to help this film be successful. Months later, after the filmmaker was able to raise nearly double his original goal, and expand the official release of this film into more cities, I finally received the reward that was promised to me for my donation: a copy of the film on Blu-ray disc.

I put the disc into my Blu-ray player just to check it out and see what I thought of the film thinking that I'd wind up watching the film later, but once I put in the disc, wife 2.0 and I both found ourselves drawn into the film wanting to see it through to the conclusion.

I've followed the filmmaker on Facebook since first finding out about the film and through that connection I had seen the filmmakers reaction to one relatively negative review that he had received. (Actually, I'd say it as a pretty harsh review of the film.) It seemed, from my own reading of the review, that the reviewer had pretty much missed the point of the film instead finding himself too concerned about the filmmaker's technique and artistic styling that went into this film.

Readers should notice that I didn't give this film all 5 of the stars that I could have in the rating, rather stopping at 4. I (and my wife) enjoyed the film and liked the way that it was put together, but I can't say the filmmaker achieved perfection in his intended goal.
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