Tuesday, April 13, 2010
A "New" Film About Lincoln
"In a tale celebrating the romance of movies, a contractor cleaning out an old New Hampshir barn destined for demolition found seven reels of nitrate film inside, including the only known copy of a 1913 silent film about Abraham Lincoln.
"When Lincoln Paid," a 30-minute film about the mother of a dead Union soldier asking Lincoln to pardon a Confederate soldier whom she had initially turned in, stars the brother of John Ford, director of "The Grapes of Wrath," "The Quiet Man," and other classics."
I think this is wildly interesting. Maybe I'm still on my Abraham Lincoln high right now (I just picked up a bio on Lincoln the other day at the Book Exchange).
I can't help but wonder why it took almost four years for the film's discovery to be announced though.
"After working with the George Eastman House film preservation museum in Rochester, N.Y., the college determined that the film, directed by and starring Francis Ford, did not exist in film archives. In fact, it was one of eight silent films starring Ford as Lincoln; there are no known surviving copies of the others."
Two short clips of the film can be viewed here. I didn't think Ford was as bad of a Lincoln as the Yahoo reporter seemed to think.
If the talk about turning Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter into a movie in 2011, then Lincoln is going to become very popular. Maybe there will be traveling screenings of "When Lincoln Paid" to tie in with it. I'd check them both out.