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  •  Although I admire Spielberg for (5+ / 0-)
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    jaym, Upper West, mamamedusa, fhcec, zett

    making a movie about a subject no one else could ever get financed in Hollywood, sorry but as a staunch Lincolnian the history was just a little bit too rearranged and Spielbergized for my taste.  You can be very sure that the opening scene, in which Lincoln is serenaded by two African-American Union soldiers who recite for him his own Gettysburg Address, is particularly ludicrous since the speech was barely noticed until several years after Lincoln's death.

    I thought the acting was magnificent, the makeup unbelievably good, the script mediocre (all those Tony Kushnerisms) and the history, while right in its main thrusts, rather absurdly inaccurate.

    You can be quite certain Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley never went to sit in the visitor's gallery at Congress during the debate over the 13th amendment.  I understand they wanted more face time for Sally Field, and the movie is not a documentary.  But that is a rather large change.

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 03:22:16 PM PST

    •  this was helpful - thanks. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      Upper West

      "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

      by fhcec on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:23:48 PM PST

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