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  •  I have not been out to a movie (3+ / 0-)
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    Illinois IRV, SherwoodB, Remediator

    in many years.  I may have to do so now because I'm sure I just can't wait for the DVD to see this one.


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 06:41:08 AM PST

    •  Nowadays I also rarely go out (5+ / 0-)

      but this was one I did not want to wait to see.  I am very glad I went on the first day.

      In the past two decades I have only two other times gone to a movie on the day it premiered.  One was Sicko, for which we had to drive to NJ to find a theater showing it.  The other was to go to the first showing to the public in DC of Saving Private Ryan.  I was the only one under 70 in the theater.  Several of the men there had served on D-Day (I spoke with them afterward) and for one the opening sequence was simply too much -  he had to leave the theater for a while to compose himself.

      There is a bit of that in the opening sequence of this film, but neither as long nor at least to my mind quite so graphic.   There is then an immediate transition to Lincoln talking with ordinary soldiers in a scene with great power.  One of the soldiers in that scene, a Negro corporal, has an important visual moment later in the film that was striking.

      I was too tired when I put the diary up to say all I perhaps should have.

      We see politics as it was.

      We see the real disputes between those who would have been satisfied merely to end the war and those for whom ending slavery was a moral mandate.  We see Lincoln as a politician, a husband and father, a moral leader, a person of great humanity.

      There are small but telling moments -  Lincoln in the War Department seemingly sleeping as someone waits for instructions on a telegram, his hands curling in a fashion that inevitably reminds one of the great Daniel French statue in the Memorial;  Lincoln with an ability to tell a folksy story to make a point;  Lincoln able to cajole, to persuade, to speak forcefully.

      I do not want to describe too much, lest it lessen the impact of seeing the film the first time.  I say the first time because I suspect many will be like me, and definitely want to see it more than once.

      Day-Lewis IS Lincoln.  Yes, there are prosthetics use to provide the familiar profile, but there are mannerisms, body movement, facial expressions  .  it is an incredible performance.

      I think of the truly great film performances that stand out in my mind.  One that did not win an Oscar was Robert Duvall in "Apostle."   Linda Hunt as Billy Kwan in "Year of Living Dangerously."  Ben Kingsley in "Gandhi."  tom Hanks in both of his Oscar-winning performances.   Meryl Streep in "Sophie's Choice."   Others as well.

      This stands with all of them, and may in fact outshine them.

      And trust me, Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln is almost as superb.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 06:55:12 AM PST

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