'Better Angels' creates portrait of Lincoln's childhood

November 21, 2014 1:05 PM

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A.J. Edwards has worked with the legendary Terrence Malick on "The New World," which presented the Pocahontas story with sparse, painterly precision. Now Edwards has created a similar film of his own, "The Better Angels."

It creates an 1817 scene of American history through a mind's-eye portrait of Abraham Lincoln's childhood. It's a different kind of movie from most made now. The narrative is gentle and sparse. The beautifully photographed imagery, shot in elegant, deep-focus black-and-white, is exceptional. The mus...

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