Mary Poppins Returns
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This first product of the Ford-Fonda partnership -- reputedly a favourite not only of Ford but of Eisenstein too -- today commands classic status.
Fonda's physical presence throughout the film is a thing of magic, as he seems to glide from one position to the next, never looking awkward even when he is bent in three places to fit within the frame.
One of the decade's most significant works, the film was admired by Soveit director Sergei Eisenstein for its embodiment of the era's spirit and by the French critics of Cahiers du Cinema for its convergence of ideology and style.
Henry Fonda's characterization is one of those once-in-a-blue-moon things: a crossroads meeting of nature, art and a smart casting director.
Modern audiences will no doubt find the trial portion of the film quaint, but Fonda plays Lincoln with such calm, centered confidence that it's also a refreshing change of pace from the aggressive histrionics of today's cop/legal thrillers and TV shows.
Outstanding, inspirational story of Honest Abe's early days.
John Ford produced greater films, but perhaps not a single one that was more perfect or more Fordian... [there's] a confidence of purpose and a unity across all the elements of its creation.
A superb motion picture, and one in which Ford's obsession with Americana and the forces and emotions that made this country what it is are plainly in view.
This just might be Fonda's most spellbinding performance.
One of John Ford's most perfectly realized works, an effortless jelling of his bawdy sense of humor, his patriotism, his mythical sense of history and his gorgeous, cinematic poetry.
Rangy, folksy, slow-spoken and self-deprecating, Fonda embodies the young Honest Abe persona as comfortably and naturally as the frontier clothes he wears.
interesting from a historical perspective, if it's not quite the masterpiece some adherents have made it out to be
fonda is truly great in this, a very entertaining film
John Ford's Young Mr.Lincoln is less biopic than a courtroom drama as the young lawyer's first big case is defending two men accused of murder ... but this lawyer is Abraham Lincoln, the greatest president. And so this intelligent work is only flawed by the "humble reverence" undercutting every scene, telling us to love instead of allowing us to do so. Otherwise a commendable piece.
A perfect film and an amazing portrayal of Lincoln by Fonda. The scene of the killing contains some of my favorite images on film.
Solid if a bit overemphatic story of some of Lincoln's early years and a trial that raised the country's awareness of him and started him on the path to renown. Fonda is excellent as Lincoln in a finely judged performance that has both humor and gravitas. Alice Brady also makes a fine impression in her last role as a down to earth farm woman faced with an impossible choice.
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