Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln gets a poster and a synopsis...

I still wish Spielberg was willing to actually release this film prior to the election, and the fact that he won't points to a certain apolitcal tone to the film which would be unfortunate, if not outright gutless.  Still, Spielberg is on a roll of late and this is clearly one of the must-see films of the season.  I presume a trailer will follow pretty soon. The synopsis is after the jump.

Scott Mendelson

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” 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 the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” is produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century film, in association with Participant Media, releases in U.S. theaters wide on November 16, 2012.


ACOD said...

I strongly disagree. The last thing I'm looking for in a highly pedigreed 2012 biography of Lincoln is some ham -fisted tie in to 2012 politics. We all know Spielberg's politics, and 45% of the country disagrees with his world view.
It's not gutless at all, it's sparing the audience. The never ending effort to politicize every single thing in 2012 Romney vs Obama and "The Culture War" terms is trite, exhausting, and worst of all, boring.

Jed Pressgrove said...

Spielberg is attempting to appreciate history, not add fuel to the ridiculous modern political cycle. By examining a political hero of the past, perhaps we can see that we're settling for lesser men these days. That is far more powerful than a lame tie-in to the 2012 election.


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