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Lincoln @ The History Channel

Review from The Patriot Resource:
Lincoln is a new presentation from The History Channel. Unlike most of their recent feature presentations that have a heavy dose of docudrama theatrics, this presentation has a more traditional documentary feel. Relying on a host of Lincoln biographers, photographs and period-style music with a often haunting quality, this presentation bears some of the same qualities that have made The Civil War - A Film by Ken Burns endure.

What may not appeal to some is how much time the presentation spends much of its time exploring darker elements of Lincoln's life. The many deaths of those close to Lincoln lead to discussions of his inner demons such as depression, loneliness and even suicide. The presentation depicts Lincoln as a conflicted, but honorable and driven man. Some of the biographers dwell on the theory that Lincoln may have had intimate relationships with other men. Other biographers posit that Lincoln almost welcomed assassination while he strove to eliminate slavery.

The presentation gives the viewer plenty to digest and consider. Unlike many programs which now favor elaborate dramatizations and have the (lack of) depth of most Hollywood films, this presentation has a somber and thoughtful style. More importantly, it has enough substance that it warrants repeat viewing.

Lincoln @ The History Channel
Airs Monday, January 16th 2006 at 8-11pm ET/PT.

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