Friday, February 15, 2013

Saving Lincoln: A Well-Acted, Charming And Gripping Film

This is a good year for Abraham Lincoln, one of our greatest presidents.

First we have Stephen Speilberg's film Lincoln heading for success at the Oscars and airing this Sunday on the National Geographic Channel is Killing Lincoln, based on Bill O'Reilly's book. And then there is the film Saving Lincoln.

Gene Santoro at wrote a review of Saving Lincoln.

Hard on the heels of Steven Spielberg's justly acclaimed Lincoln, with its Hollywood stars and megabudget, comes Salvador Litvak's Saving Lincoln, an independent flick with heart and brains.

Like Spielberg's movie, Saving Lincoln peels back myths and preconceptions to expose the complex, earthy man, with his love of language, raunchy frontier humor, and delighted willingness to plunge into bruising political scrums. Here we see Lincoln (Tom Amandes) through the sympathetic, watchful eyes of US Marshal Ward Hill Lamon (Lea Coco). Lincoln's long-time friend turned bodyguard, Lamon is the movie's narrator. He gives us an intimate view of Honest Abe, from his rise in Illinois politics to just before his assassination, when Lincoln, peacefully fatalistic about dying now that his mission to restore the Union is accomplished, orders Lamon to go Richmond over his furious protests.

The Virginia-born Lamon is an inveterate joker and a banjo picker with a head full of old-timey tunes and a dislike of slavery, all of which immediately endears him to Lincoln.

.. Saving Lincoln is well researched and historically credible. Its narration and dialog come from period sources. Its striking sets are actually vintage photos made three-dimensional by a suite of techniques the director calls CineCollage; the actors were shot on a green-screen stage. The results are generally very effective, though there is one small technical glitch: backdrops can go slightly out-of-sync when the actors are riding in a buggy or train. Well-acted, charming and gripping, Saving Lincoln is a small, shining gem.

You can read the rest of the review via the below link:

Note: I'd also like to watch again the TV movie Lincoln, which was based on Gore Vidal's fine book. 

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