Abraham Lincoln
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To date, this D.W. Griffith epic is the only talking-picture effort to encapsulate the entire life of Abraham Lincoln, from cradle to grave. The script, credited to Stephen Vincent Benet, manages to include all the familiar high points, including Lincoln's tragic romance with Ann Rutledge (Una Merkel, allegedly cast because of her resemblance to Griffith favorite Lillian Gish), his lawyer days in Illinois, his contentious marriage to Mary Todd (Kay Hammond), his heartbreaking decision to declare war upon the South, his pardoning of a condemned sentry during the Civil War, and his… More

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"Abraham Lincoln is a startlingly superlative accomplishment."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"D. W. Griffith's first sound film, from 1930, is as ungainly and majestic as its subject."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Brilliant flashes of direction permeate the entire film, and it remains distinctively a product of the great master."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Working with the sort of mythic material later associated with John Ford, Griffith gives us a primordial Lincoln, perfectly incarnated by Walter Huston, and a dreamlike sense of destiny that his camera fully articulates."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It feels mostly like an antique, but even antiques have their own particular beauties."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Recommended solely for Walter Huston's performance."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"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, New York Times
"Sympathetic, sophisticated and, for those with a keen eye, echoed in the work of Hitchcock and Welles."
‑ , Film4
"An archaic biopic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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