Films about Lincoln seem to be becoming a very popular area to pursue these past years. Starting with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter then moving to Daniel Day-Lewis’ Lincoln, this February get ready for a new story in the life of the 16th President of the United States! Saving Lincoln is a drama/biographical account of Lincoln and his self-appointed bodyguard, U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon. History doesn’t reveal much about Marshal Lamon but this film will go through the accounts on how this former banjo-playing Southerner foiled repeated assassination attempts on the President’s life. How he helped the President function during the darkest hours of the Civil War. Saving Lincoln stars Tom Amandes as President Lincoln, Lea Coco as Ward Hill Lamon and Penelope Ann Miller as Mary Todd Lincoln. This film is directed by Salvador Litvak and produced by Saving Lincoln LLC. Check out what you can expect in this new movie: Saving Lincoln.
“Interview with Saving Lincoln Director – Salvador Litvak
I was born in Chile and grew up in NY. I was a lawyer for two years before I went to film school. My writing partner is also my wife, Nina. I blog at AccidentalTalmudist.com and I believe a good conversation is one in which both parties learn something neither knew before.
2 – Over the last few decades, we’ve seen the story of President Lincoln portrayed at different times in his life, told through the eyes of many different people. Robert Redford’s The Conspirator was told though the eyes of Mary Surratt’s defense attorney, Frederick Aiken; The Day Lincoln Was Shot was recounted through the eyes of John Wilkes Booth; Stephen Spielberg’s latest blockbuster Lincoln draws from historical accounts of those who served under him in his cabinet; even Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter peered through the eyes of Joshua Speed and William Johnson. What drew you to Ward Hill Lamon?
Ward Hill Lamon was President Lincoln’s best friend and self-appointed bodyguard. He’s the ideal narrator because he was so close to Lincoln – a daily companion. Historians pay him less respect because he was an emotional fellow, often lacking objectivity about Lincoln’s actions, but no one questions his loyalty. He would at times grow furious with Lincoln for being so careless with his personal safety, but he remained a faithful friend and protector. He also shared Lincoln’s sense of humor, and entertained him with songs and banjo-playing. And he was a Southerner protecting the President while so many of his brethren were doing just the opposite.
3 – Oftentimes, when going into a Lincoln film, if you’re not a Lincoln buff, you feel a bit lost. For example, the opening sequence of The Conspirator almost pre-supposed the audience did their homework. Will Saving Lincoln be accessible to audience members who may not have a broader knowledge of Lincoln, his life, and his legacy?
Absolutely. Our movie is primarily about Lincoln the man – what he experienced at the center of America’s bloodiest conflict. The pressure on him was unrelenting. Congressmen, generals, newspaper editors…even his own party were all arrayed him against him. They called him feeble, unsophisticated, ineffective, etc. They all underestimated him, but they made his life very difficult throughout his administration. And he lost many people to untimely death – family and friends, as well as the soldiers he cared so deeply about.
4 – This movie has attracted some big names. What drew mega-stars such as Penelope Ann Miller and Creed Bratton to this project?
The subject and the script at first. Then they were intrigued by our CineCollage style. No one made a movie before using this process, and they were curious how we would pull it off. We did extensive tests, and showed them the results. They liked it. And they were fantastic to work with – total pros and team players.”
The rest of the interview can be read at The Straight Hype
Saving Lincoln is scheduled to be released in cinemas on February 15th 2013.
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