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Lincoln Before Lincoln: Early Cinematic Adaptations of the Life of America's Greatest President

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780813167473
Author(s): Brian J. Snee
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Dimensions: 160 x 236 x 18 (w x l x h)
Pages: 166

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Remembered as the Savior of the Union, Abraham Lincoln is one of America's most revered presidents. There have been tens of thousands of books published about him since his death, but he has proved to be a surprisingly daunting subject for filmmakers. Despite a wealth of biographical material, relatively few full-length motion pictures have taken the man and his life as a primary subject. In this detailed study, Brian J. Snee provides a sweeping overview of the cinematic representations of the sixteenth president from the silent era up to Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012) - a film which, he argues, marks a seismic shift in the way Hollywood presents the Great Emancipator on-screen. Snee focuses on six of the most popular and influential movies and TV miniseries to address the life of Abraham Lincoln during the twentieth century - The Birth of a Nation (1915), Abraham Lincoln (1930), Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), Sandburg's Lincoln (1974-1976), and Gore Vidal's Lincoln (1988).
Snee examines how each work has contributed to public memory of the president, addressing issues of production, textual construction, and audience reception, as well as their contemporary historical contexts and underlying cultural theory. The absence of video and other recording technology during Lincoln's lifetime forever shrouds his mannerisms, thought
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