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DAVID GRUBIN

The fact that Gabor Boritt comes from Hungary and makes his way his way in this country. A many with hardly a dollar in his pocket becomes a preeminent Lincoln scholar is a testimony to the American Dream. But the fact that he becomes one of the preeminent Abraham Lincoln scholars is most fitting because Lincoln believes in equality of opportunity. More then anything that is what Lincoln is about - the right to rise. And Gabor Boritt rose. The fact that Gabor Boritt became fascinated with Abraham Lincoln is a testament to the whole notion of what Lincoln believed in and what America means. Lincoln detests slavery primarily because it doesn't allow the individual to fulfill his potential. That's what Gabor Boritt did - he fulfilled his potential. Think what life would have been like for Gabor Boritt under Communism, he couldn't excercise his freedom to think, he couldn't be creative. He came here and fulfilled all his potential.

“This is the quintessential American story. ”

TThe fact that he is now making a film with his son is fascinating, because the son is second geneeration. For the son to reflect on the experience of the father- that's an American story. This is the qunitiessential American story, the story of a man - an immigrant - who comes here - and makes his way told by the man's son. So you get this wonderful intimate connection and exploration by the son - who has to reflect on his own father's experience and how it relates to his experience. The story of gabor Boritt should be told by his soon. Sure, any filmmaker can tell the story of Gabor Boritt. It's a wonderful opportunity, because this is what America is about - about the experience of a father who makes it possible for a son to reflect on that experience. I would suspect that Gabor Boritt himself doesn't want to think to hard on this. It was probably a painful journey. It a difficult journey. And he's made that journey, why go back and think about that journey. He's think about Lincoln. but for the son to reflect upon it - well that's what the artist does.

This is the quintessential American story, the story of a man - an immigrant - who comes here - and makes his way told by the man's son. So you get this wonderful intimate connection and exploration by the son. I would suspect that Gabor Boritt himself doesn't want to think to hard on this. It was probably a painful journey. It a difficult journey. And he's made that journey, why go back and think about that journey. He's thinking about Lincoln. The fact that he becomes one of the preeminent Abraham Lincoln scholars is most fitting because Lincoln believes in equality of opportunity. More then anything that is what Lincoln is about - the right to rise. And Gabor Boritt rose. The fact that Gabor became fascinated with Abraham Lincoln is a testament to the whole notion of what Lincoln believed in and what America means. Lincoln detests slavery primarily because it doesn't allow the individual to fulfill his potential. That's what Gabor Boritt did - he fulfilled his potential. A man with hardly a dollar in his pocket becomes a preeminent Lincoln scholar. It is a testimony to the American Dream.