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Carr’s Column – Hunting down Lincoln’s murderers

September 14, 2010

Director Robert Redford

Big news: Robert Redford has launched his film The Conspirator at the Toronto Film Festival. It’s about the trial and hanging of Mary Surratt, the widow who was convicted of conspiring in the murder of Abraham Lincoln. The New York Times describes it as “a stubbornly accurate historical drama.” Mary Surratt ran the boarding house in Washington which was a nest of traitors dedicated to bringing Lincoln down, a coven that produced John Wilkes Booth. This blog site will soon bring you an exclusive review of the Redford film from an Australian attending the Toronto Film Festival.

And here’s even better news: the American Film Company intends this as the frist in a series of pictures on American history. Next to come, Paul Revere’s ride and John Brown’s raid at Harpers Ferry.

Mary Surratt

By the way, the most marvellous American history on film in recent times was the John Adams series starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, and directed by Tom Hooper.

One Comment
  1. Vincent permalink
    September 14, 2010 12:19 pm

    Saw this article recently in the NYT too and was excited by it. Having recently finished The Assassin’s Accomplice I am keen to see how Redford portray’s Surratt and co. Also still anxiously waiting for Speilberg’s Lincoln biopic which is based on Team of Rivals – my personal favourite of all the Lincoln books.
    Revere and John Brown films are also cause for excitment. David Hackett Fisher’s Paul Revere’s Ride is wonderful, as is his Washington’s Crossing.

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