"Alpha House" (
The series' look and feel and language are pure HBO/Showtime, though the
Amazon has made the first three episodes available online for free. Subsequent viewing requires a subscription.
"Eagleheart: Paradise Rising" (
JFK on film (TCM, Thursday). Six ways of looking at a president, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the
Finally, though it stops short of claiming actual cause-and-effect, there is the notion that his address at Gettysburg — in its 272-word, 10-sentence perfection — was itself telegraphic, marvelously packed, pointed and compressed in a time when popular oratory was florid and feature-length. (Politician-turned-professional-orator Edward Everett, the actual main act at Gettysburg, spoke for two hours, using 50 times as many words as Lincoln.) The documentary suffers from a surfeit visual hectoring — absurd flash cuts and photo effects and title cards more appropriate to basic-cable series about murderers or haunted mansions — and there is too much use of a man in a Lincoln suit, who never looks like anything more than a man in a Lincoln suit, to illustrate imagined moments in the historical drama; none of that is fatal. Most profitably, there is a close reading of the document, whose brevity allowed it to be printed whole in newspapers across the country and which most American have since carried bits of in their mind. Tony Kushner, who wrote