Abraham Lincoln on Screen: Fictional and Documentary by Mark S. Reinhart

By Mark S. Reinhart

President Lincoln is the main often portrayed American old determine within the background of the movie and tv arts, having been featured in approximately three hundred productions because the beginning of the movie medium. during this paintings, entries disguise each one movie, documentary and tv portrayal of Lincoln, delivering crucial forged, construction and free up details, and a dialogue of every work's old accuracy and creative advantages. This up to date version presents remark on all new movies produced lately, in addition to dozens of past motion pictures, corresponding to The contention, Abraham Lincoln (1924) and Lincoln (1929), that weren't lined within the unique variation.

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The program was produced and directed by George Schaefer, who would go on to produce and direct all six episodes of the excellent series Sandburg’s Lincoln a decade later. Abe Lincoln in Illinois is much more faithful to Sherwood’s original play than was the 1940 film. The film, free from the space and time constraints 28 Abe Lincoln’s Story (1952) of a live stage production, incorporated many more settings into its screenplay than the ten locales presented in the play. The 1964 version of Abe had no such luxury — the production was filmed on noticeably cramped sound stages which undoubtedly limited the number and scope of the sets that could be used.

We’ve seen the worlds that computer animators like Pixar Studios can create — as entertaining as their films with living toys and furry monsters have been, wouldn’t it be fabulous to see them apply that technology to recreating a real-life historical figure like Lincoln? They could use actual photographs of Lincoln as their source material, and go about setting them to sound and motion. Imagine the possibility of watching Lincoln stand up, walk several steps forward, and start to recite the Gettysburg Address — not an actor portraying Lincoln, but the image of Lincoln himself.

Editor: George Hively. Set Decoration: Casey Roberts. Music: Roy Webb. Studio: RKO Radio Pictures. Length: 110 minutes. C. after being elected president. The film depicts many of the important events that shaped Lincoln during these years such as his military service during the Black Hawk War, his anguish over the death of Anne Rutledge, his marriage to Mary Todd, and his 1858 Senate race against Stephen A. Douglas. Abe Lincoln in Illinois, along with the previous year’s Young Mr. Lincoln, would virtually define Lincoln big-screen portrayals for mainstream audiences from its initial release until the present day.

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