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Young Mr. Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was one of John Ford's personal icons, recurring in film after film, but this is his only appearance as a central character—a young, idealistic, but shrewd Springfield lawyer played by Henry Fonda (in what may be his finest performance). Ford's mythologizing has seldom seemed stronger or more subtle; the film (1939) stirs feelings about the American past that most of us, I suppose, have missed since childhood. A masterpiece. 100 min.

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