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Abraham Lincoln1930

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Returning to the historic era of his greatest success, D.W. Griffith paid homage to the sixteenth President in this moving drama (his first talking picture) starring Walter Huston. Focusing on Abraham Lincoln’s personal tragedies as well as his great accomplishments, Griffith’s film depicts the American icon with a sensitivity and grace rivaled only by John Ford’s YOUNG MR. LINCOLN. This restored edition of ABRAHAM LINCOLN incorporates all known existing footage of D.W. Griffith's film. Portions of the soundtrack of the first three reels have not survived. During these sequences, dialogue and music cues are provided by subtitles.



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"It is quite a worthy pictorial offering with a genuinely fine and inspiring performance by Walter Huston in the role of the martyred President." - Mordaunt Hall, original 1930 New York Times review

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This is really old and the story of Abe is shown in vignette-like fashion. I guess I missed the Gettysburg address but the assassination was well done and that was the end. We get the impression that he never stopped loving Ann Rutledge to whom he was allegedly engaged and this flick spends a lot of time showing us how much he loved her before she died of typhoid. Then he married Mary Todd and she is portrayed as a bossy woman, who I guess in real life had definite mental problems. Anyway, its interesting to see how movies were made back in 1930 and Walter Huston does an adequate job. Four stars.

Choppy but seemed like original film. Acting was stiff but authenticate and seemingly heartfelt.

Timeless. Walter Huston is amazing. The film is gorgeous. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln with Daniel Day Lewis is just out. Another era, pointing both forward and backward, to the greatness of art, now, and then.