“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it, not for themselves.”
Steven Spielberg, LINCOLN (November 2012) – The film is based on author/historian Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s nonfiction book titled Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and adapted to film by Tony Kushner (Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Munich co-authored with Eric Roth), an American playwright and screenwriter. Just as in Goodwin’s multiple biography the film will focus on the President’s struggle with his cabinet, to end the civil war, abolish slavery, and though difficult, President Lincolns’ ability to unite even the most adverse members of his party.
In the trailer, Day-Lewis as the President (voice over) a portion of the Gettysburg Address and offers a glimpse of the atrocities of the Civil War, political quarreling with members of his cabinet, and depicting moments of family life. There is much we do see in the trailer; however it does not present enough information about the film considering the historical magnitude of Lincolns’ legacy. Nevertheless, Spielberg is a genius when it comes to presenting a film where a lone protagonist triumphs over trivial circumstances. The main concern I have with this film is its potential to come across as being romanticized. In Schindler’s List for all its realism, the film somewhat failed to engage. In other words, it instead aesthetically appealed to audiences, rather than the film having an emotionally impactive significance of the Holocaust. Emotional response to the film was more or less cinematically implied, rather than experienced. Will this film have the same aesthetic appeal of Schindler’s List, however, remains to be seen.
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Spielberg directs directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day Lewis in a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
In addition to Lewis, Spielberg’s latest features an all-star cast includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Lincoln’s eldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln; Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln; Tommy Lee Jones as Republican Representative Thaddeus Stevens; and John Hawkes as Robert Latham.
In theaters November 16, 2012