Two-part TV documentary delves into the lesser-known sides of Abraham Lincoln’s personality. A dozen historians and biographers extol Lincoln’s legend: an unlikely president who united the nation, freed slaves, and one of the most inspiring orators in American history. Against the backdrop of his personal traumas and the Civil War, they explore Lincoln’s likely depression, his unhappy marriage, and rumors of suicidal thoughts and unsettled sexual orientation to give viewers a more complete view of one of America’s best presidents.
- Narrator: Gore Vidal
- Voice of Lincoln: Edward Herrman
- Director: Vikram Jayanti
- Andrew Solomon, Columbia University professor and author
- Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of “Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness”
What the Critics Say
- “an original, visually striking, sometimes haunting piece of psychohistory.” — New York Times
- “a deeply human portrait infused by the strange alchemical mixture of dark impulses and noble ambitions which marks Lincoln’s life and career – and ultimately, forges his legacy.” — Film & History Journal
- Format: DVD
- Run time: 140 minutes
- Number of discs: 1
- Not rated
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