#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Ten years in the life of Abraham Lincoln, before he became known to his nation and the world. He moves from a Kentucky cabin to Springfield, Illinois, to begin his law practice. He defends two men accused of murder in a political brawl, suffers the death of his girlfriend Ann, courts his future wife Mary Todd, and agrees to go into politics.
Plot: In this dramatized account of his early law career in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln is born into a modest log cabin, where he is encouraged by his first love, Ann Rutledge, to pursue law. Following her tragic death, Lincoln establishes a law practice in Springfield, where he meets a young Mary Todd. Lincoln’s law skills are put to the test when he takes on the difficult task of defending two brothers who have been accused of murder.
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Delicious with a grain of salt
According to John Ford’s lyrically shot, fictional biopic of Abraham Lincoln’s life his greatest faults may have been an obtuseness with woman and an ability to dance in “the worst way.” Ford’s camera has only praising views to reveal of Mr. Lincoln’s early life. But for what the film lacks in character complexities it makes up for in beauty and depth of vision. Uncharacteristically beautiful compositions of early film, what could have been a series of gorgeous still frames, Ford has a unique eye for telling a story. The film sings of the life of a hopeful young man. Henry Fonda plays the contemplative and spontaneously clever Lincoln to a tee, one of his best roles.
The film concerns two young men, brothers, on trial for a murder that both claim to have committed. In classic angry mob style, the town decides to take justice into their own hands and lynch the pair of them, until honest Abe steps into the fray. He charms them with his humor, telling them not to rob him of his first big case, and that they are as good as lynched with him as the boys lawyer. What follows seems to become the outline for all courtroom- murder-dramas thereafter, as Abe cunningly interrogates witnesses to the delight and humor of the judge, jury and town before he stumbles upon the missing links.
The film plays out like many John Ford movies do: a tablespoon of Americana, a dash of moderate predictability, a hint of sarcasm that you aren’t sure if you put in the recipe or if Ford did it himself. Despite the overtly ‘Hollywood’ feel of the film, and overly patriotic banter alluding to Lincoln’s future presidency, the film is entirely enjoyable and enjoyably well constructed, if you can take your drama with a grain of salt.
Entertaining but enough to give history teachers a stroke!
If you are looking at this film purely for its entertainment and production values, it’s not bad. However, I heartily agreed with the quote from Henry Fonda (who played Lincoln) that “I felt as if I were portraying Christ himself on film.” The bottom line is that the film loses a lot of credibility because Lincoln is a caricature in the film–a man too pure, too good and too unlike us have been a real person. This silly super-humanness is made worse by the script–one that is the exact opposite of the old TV motto from “Dragnet”. Instead of changing the names the protect the innocent, this film keeps the names but completely changes the facts to suit a Hollywood need to make Lincoln a saint. This is true in this film and is even more apparent in films like D. W. Griffith’s dull biopic of Lincoln (1930).
The myths are many, but a few I’ll tackle are Anne Rutledge and the trial that took up about 75% of the movie. As for Rutledge, historians will agree that Lincoln knew this lady–but as for a romance between them, most doubt this ever occurred. At the same time, there is a lot that we DO know about Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd, but in this film she has almost no personality and has no impact on Abe. So, this is an odd case where a myth is promoted and a true story (the marriage) is omitted–even though it was VERY fascinating and could make a great movie in itself (Mary was an odd and rather crazy lady). As for the trial, it actually DID occur–but the events were very very different. And, you’d think that based on its title the film would have a lot more to do with Lincoln and his early life! So who is this film good for, then? Well, people who like somewhat dull biopics that are fictionalized would love this film and perhaps John Ford fans would like it–though ford himself was not happy about the project–much of it because the studio insisted on injecting some pretty sappy myths into it beyond what you already had in the original script. Frankly, I think a comic book version of Abe’s life or even “Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” might be more informative!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director John Ford
Writer Lamar Trotti
Actors Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 3 wins & 2 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,758.44 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm