Chip away at the myth to reveal a man whose personal tragedies drove him to achieve feats many only dream about as Academy-Award-winning producer Vikram Jayanti explores the life of American President Abraham Lincoln - the self-proclaimed "loneliest man in the world." By utilizing detailed interviews with such widely-acclaimed Lincoln biographers as Harold Holzer, Gore Vidal, Jan Morris, and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression author Andrew Solomon, Jayanti brings to light the sorrowful side of America's sixteenth president from a fresh and compelling angle. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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This film is depressing. Broken into 2 segments, the 1st covers the cruelties endured in Lincolns early years. The main theme is his battle with depression, suicidal tendencies, and how his success may be attributed as a coping method to his illness. The 2nd half covers the civil war era through his death. Although I can't fault the history, I would not recommend this film. It is very slow and sad. If you do rent it, I would suggest watching it in segments to avoid being caught in the downward mood of the film.
Interesting movie - - but I must admit, I do question the validity of many of the claims in this movie - - possibly being homosexual...his awful father who started his depression...his fondness for whores during his youth...and on and on...
If youâve ever wondered what a biography of Lincoln would look like if it were assembled with the help of one formerlymale and a couple of veryhappy historians, this is it. You can learn of Lincolnâs struggles with depression, suicide, and yes, his foray into the veryhappy lifestyle. Please put Ken Burns on your list instead.
We wish weâd chosen to watch something else. Anything else. Forgive us, Mr. Lincoln.