"[Ben] Russell's work boasts a bracing degree of rigor and vigor." - Jason Anderson, Artforum
Started in 1998 but completed in 2000, THE DEATH OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN (IN THREE PARTS) is an ahistorical re-enactment of the strange and curious events that led up to the untimely demise of our nation's sixteenth president. Each chapter is loosely connected to the others via a gun motif and a visual style coined from the silent era. Together, they produce an unusual inquiry into the minor spasms of violence that shape our popular history.
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This has very little or nothing to do about the events leading up to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and more to do with our obsession with violence as a voyeuristic event. Great use of an abandoned and trashed warehouse as a backdrop. Love the clown!
I cant believe that I wasted time watching this - rather pointless waste of film