The nation will soon celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Get ahead of these February festivities and when the time comes, impress your friends with how much you’ve learned about all things Lincolnesque on three Mondays at 6:30 p.m. throughout January in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Admission is free for all screenings: there will be no screening on January 19 due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. The film line-up includes:
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) on January 5. A masterful portrayal of Lincoln during his crucial formative years, American screen icon Henry Fonda plays the title role. Directed by John Ford, the title was added to the National Film Registry in 2003. Not rated. (100 min.)
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) on January 12. Noted for his numerous portrayals of Lincoln, Raymond Massey portrays the sixteenth president during his formative years, ending with his election to the presidency. The play by Robert Sherwood serves as the basis for this biopic. Not rated. (110 min.)
Littlest Rebel (1939) on January 26. Lincoln plays second fiddle here to Shirley Temple, but she could easily have defeated him in an election for America’s Sweetheart during the Depression era. Bill Robinson also plays second fiddle to the moppet. Not rated. (100 min.)