Carr’s Column – Hunting down Lincoln’s murderers
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.
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.