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A highlight of the nationwide Lincoln Bicentennial celebration is this unprecedented two-hour documentary on the life and legacy of the man widely considered one of our best - and most enigmatic - presidents. It addresses many of the controversies surrounding Lincoln about race, equality, religion, politics, and depression by carefully interpreting evidence from those who knew him and those who study him today.
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4.0

lincoln assasination

By mom

from toledo ohio

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln DVD:

very informative.i was impressed with the detail.highly recommended.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truth of what happen in life of Booth

By Stanlena

from St. Louis, MO

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln DVD:

I do recommend this DVD. It sounds like history repeated. I think President Lincoln gave his "all".
I wonder what what he would say about "today".

(15 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A SUBLIME DOCUMENTARY ACHIEVEMENT

By David Michael Avender

from Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln DVD:

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln"

I was well aware of the fate of the Booth troop, and of the results of their actions against President Lincoln and his Secretary of State, William Seward, before I purchase what was to become a treasured DVD. I knew of the $100,000 bounty initiated by Lincoln's quick-thinking Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, and of the hundreds of impassioned men who scoured the Maryland countryside, searching for the bounty, as reward for their labours, and searching for the man who brought down their President—the President who belonged to his people.

These men search through marshland and countryside; and they all searched with an even sense of fire and zeal for the new most famous man in America—John Wilkes Booth. If the bounty stated "dead or alive," as so many bounties seemed to do in the 19th century, the bounty hunters would surely favour the former. They were not blood-thirsty men, but the sting of losing their president was still freshly marked; and to shoot down this assassin seemed the most sensible and righteous act—at least while the widow still wept at his graveside.

Though aware of the subject matter, I did not have a coherently-made documentary on the subjects involved, following each until the matter was put to rest.

Director Barak Goodman has made a wonderful, 90-minute documentary film. A film full of well-played atmostphere and wise, interjecting commentary. It is a film that blends all that is best in filmmaking—moments of quiet introspection, moments of constricting suspense, moments of lingering consolation promptly blasted all to hell by gunfire and cries of "LYNCH HIM! LYNCH THE MAN!," as the chase begins anew. If, to you, history is medicine, consider this a fine tasting wine—both elegant and enlightening.

Goodman is no stranger to working behind the camera; nor is he a stranger to earning plaudits for his work with PBS and American Experience. Among he previous work have been The American Experience titles: "The Fight," which detailed the most significant boxing match ever staged. Goodman tells the story of the 1938 match between African American hero, Joe Louis and German "Nazi-Prototype" (though no Nazi, himself) Max Schmeling. A well-told tale of Nazi racial theories taking it on the chin, and a celebration for all American's—particularly African Americans—who were, at this time, having their own battles at home, and an early celebration for some African Americans who soon would be battling Fascism on behalf of all mankind in Europe and Asia.

Director Barak Goodman's repetroire includes American Experience's "The Boy in the Bubble" (2006), "The Lobotomist" (2008), narrated by Campbell Scott, one of my favourites, if one can call a tragedy of this nature a "favourite, "Scottsboro: An American Tragedy" (2005) featuring the voices of Andre Braugher, Frances McDormand and Stanley Tucci.

Finally, one of Goodman's most notable works was not for PBS, but rather for the History Channel. A series entitled, "10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America," this masterwork offers ten DVDs, each one, an hour long, and covering one event the producers thought outstandingly significant in terms of American History. Shown in 2006, the program was a popular and critical success. One critic, Jeff Shannon, framed his praise with succinct clarity: "Thoughtfully conceived and brilliantly executed, "10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America" is History Channel programming at its finest."

"10 Days" truly is a fine work of documentary filmmaking, but Barak Goodman has done better; and his very best work to date is his most recent, "American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln" (2009). We all know, or claim to know, of the assassination, but how much do we know of the details surrounding the plot, the characters who were involved in this semi-successful plot? Are most aware of the failed attempt upon Vice President Andrew Johnson or the womanly disputation between Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant that saved General Grant from assured assassination?

What happened after the shot hit it's mark? This DVD tells the story, and tells the story well. Narrated by Chris Cooper, "The Assassination" imparts one of the world's most important stories with the atmospheric beauty and honour due to a tale that details the death and resulting justice of one of the world's finest writers and leaders of men.

—dma

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By Cali Girl

from Weinheim, Germany

Comments about PBS American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln DVD:

This film was excellent! Learning more about what happened to Booth after the assassination of Lincoln was the best I've ever seen.

(16 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

A Decent Account But Flawed

By Geoff Elliott

from North Canton, Ohio

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln DVD:

I've studied Lincoln's life for more than 40 years and run The Abraham Lincoln Blog. I was surprised at the omissions and errors in this documentary. The narration states that Lincoln's guest at Ford's Theater that night was "Corporal" Henry Rathbone. No. The gentleman was a Major. Further, the narration implies that the bullet wound in Lincoln was not discovered in the presidential box. Wrong again.

Finally, absolutely no mention was made whatsoever about how Lincoln's guard was NOT at his post when Booth entered the box.

I could go on. With all of the professional historians who took part in this film, I was very surprised that these errors crept into the documentary. I expect better from American Experience and PBS.

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