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Young Mr Lincoln (Criterion Collection) DVD
Young Mr Lincoln (Criterion Collection)

Young Mr Lincoln (Criterion Collection)

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Has Young Mr. Lincoln--the first cardinal masterpiece of director John Ford's career, and the finest film of that epochal Hollywood year 1939--been neglected because people fear it's a stodgy history lesson? Even Henry Fonda, drafted to play the title role, was reluctant till Ford testily explained, "This isn't 'The Great Emancipator,' for God's sake--it's a movie about this jackleg lawyer...." And so it is: a small, slow-gathering village tale about a young man whose biggest moments--such as losing the love of his life--occur between scenes, and whose emergence as a historic figure is decades away. Yet the essential Lincoln is being forged in luminous scenes that unfold with the simplicity of fable, only no one knows it's a fable yet. The French title for the movie says it beautifully: Toward His Destiny.The script, by Lamar Trotti, introduces Lincoln as a frontier storekeeper and drolly inadequate politician. In an early scene, we see Abe receiving his first books of law in a casual transactionwith a pioneer family on their way to make a new home in the wilderness. But was it Trotti or the director who decided that this same family should circle back into Abe's life years later for the dramatic heart of the film, a murder trial in which his wit, ingenuity, and bedrock decency shape Lincoln's first public triumph--and that neither Lincoln nor the family recognize they have met before? That's typical of the movie, in which what is most important, most definitive, most valuable, is always outsidethe frame, out of reach, beyond naming. Even triumph is imbued with a heartbreaking sense of loss.This transcendently beautiful film was a modest production, without the Pulitzer Prize cachet of Abe Lincoln in Illinois (not a Ford picture) the fol
Title: Young Mr Lincoln (Criterion Collection)
Genre: Drama-Classics (Historical)
Starring: Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan, Pauline Moore, Richard Cromwell, Eddy Waller, Robert Shaw
Director: John Ford
Studio: Criterion
Attributes: Full Frame, Black & White, Dolby, 2PC
Release Date: 2/14/2006
Original Year: 1939
Product Type: DVD
Rated: UNR
UPC: 715515016728
Item #: HVD001861

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