Lincoln Goes to the Movies
Saturday, March 28, 5:15 pm and Sunday, March 29, 5:30 pm
The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia is proud to invite you to join us as we join with the prestigious American Film Institute to show "The Lincoln Cycle," a series of newly restored, historic silent films from 1917 about the life of Abraham Lincoln.
The restored films, featuring live accompaniment on a real theater organ, will be shown over two days -- Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 -- at the AFI Silver theater, 8633 Colesville Rd., in downtown Silver Spring, starting at 5:15 pm on Saturday and 5:30 on Sunday. The showings will be in the AFI's main theater, which is widely rated as the best place to watch a movie in the Washington area.
Admission is $15 for each day and the screenings on both days will last about two hours. Tickets can be purchased at the AFI box office or in advance from the AFI Silver web site.
The AFI Silver is about two blocks from the Metro Red Line and is near a host of Montgomery County parking garages, which are free on weekends. There is also a wide selection of restaurants nearby for pre or post-screening dining.
The restoration of the eight short films was done by the Library of Congress, debuted in 2018 and has been widely praised in the cinematic press.
Here is more information about the "Lincoln Cycle" from the AFI:
"The cycle comprises the surviving eight two-reel episodes of producer and star Benjamin Chapin's 1917 life-of-Abraham Lincoln series. While Chapin gave himself screen credit for writing, producing and directing the films and portraying the 16th President (as well as his father Thomas and his grandfather, also named Abe), John Stahl credibly claimed to have been the series' actual director, and the quality of the films' structure and performances would seem to bear that out. Episodes from Lincoln's youth are dramatized with vigor and sensitivity, and the portrayals by Charles Jackson as young Abe and Madelyn Clare as his mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln are revelatory. DIR John M. Stahl; SCR/PROD Benjamin Chapin. U.S., 1917, b&w, 217 min total (Part 1 approx. 106 min; Part 2 approx 111 min). Silent with English intertitles. NOT RATED"