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on 16 August 2017
“Lincoln” is set in the last 4 months of the President`s life and covers the struggle to pass the 13th amendment to abolish slavery for good before the end of the Civil War.
There is an eloquent explanation given by Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) near the beginning of the film which clarifies the political and legal dilemma faced by the abolitionists; the remainder of the film sees the process by which Lincoln and his supporters build cross-party agreement and individual support from “lame ducks” (politicians who have lost their seats, but are still in office till their successors take over).
The period detail is fascinating and the depiction of events seem very accurate – at least to my own knowledge anyway. UK viewers are perhaps at a disadvantage as American history isn`t generally given much coverage in our education system, but the drama and political horse-trading should provide enough story to engage most viewers.
The cinematography is beautiful and evocative; rather sombre in colour-range reflecting the period, lamp-lit interiors and the background of relentless war.
The cast is superb.
One of the finest historical films I've had the pleasure of watching, this held me for all it's near 2 ½ hours; it could well be Spielberg`s masterpiece – certainly one of his best films.
The UK DVD release has two extras; a short “making of “ documentary at just under 9 minutes and “Crafting the Past” a look at the costume, set design and period detailing of the film.