LINCOLN: FINE CINEMA, DUBIOUS POLITICS

By richruben
Written May 25, 2017
"Lincoln" is a great evocation of the capital's culture and politics at the end of the Civil War. Daniel Day-Lewis is superb as the president, but the real Oscar-winner is likely to be Sally Field, who manages to capture both the neurosthenia and dignity of Mary Todd Lincoln. Unfortunately, the politics portrayed here are far less complex than the characters of the protagonists. The Republican Radicals are presented as patriotic statesmen for betraying their commitments to social and political equality for Black Americans in order to secure a legal reform -- passage of the 13th Amendment. The ghastly century-long consequences of that betrayal, and of the sainted Abraham's unwillingness to actually liberate the South, are never made clear. As a result, the movie remains on the level of hagiography, and another chance to reconsider the hard questions of American history is lost.
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LINCOLN DISTORTION , PERVERTED AND TWIST

By DONETZ
Written November 11, 2012
LINCOLN WANTED TO RESOLVE THE SLAVERY PROBLEM TO SEND THE BLACKS TO LIBERA .... THE CIVIL WAR WAS A CONFLICT OF STATES' RIGHTS , RAILROADS AND THE BANKS ...... IT WAS THE OPINION OF PEOPLE IN HIGH PLACES IN THE CONFEDERACY TO ABOLISH SLAVERY TO GAIN FAVOR AND TRADE WITH ENGLAND .
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Must see movie!!!

By Elainee
Written November 11, 2012
Serious, absorbing, engrossing! Did not want it to end. Almost seemed to be "real". Everybody should see this to know how difficult it is to get America to a decision on a major political decision. Tnank you Mr. Spielberg!
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Lincoln Champions the 13th Amendment

By rdunaway
Written May 28, 2016
The circumstances surrounding Congress passing the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution during the closing days of the Civil War is the movie's focus. Lincoln's political savvy coupled with his personal respect of all those around him define his character and his drive to accomplish this seemingly impossible task. Because of the common goodness of Lincoln's bearing, he stands above all others. The movie, I am sure is much like Lincoln was himself, so focused and absorbing you only realize their greatness after it and likewise his life finish.
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lincoln

By ladydoctor
Written October 25, 2016
heavy on politics, and political strategy, shold've been named "passage of the 13th amendment", it's a whole lot about the amendment and not much about Lincoln at all. It's worthwhile to see, possessed a lot of unknown facts and was great for history, however, it got to be boring at times.
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