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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 08:10 PM

Why Steven Spielberg’s new movie, Lincoln, is so very timely, and crucial.

Just as The Second World War is generally considered a "just war" despite the fact that the U.S. resorted to some questionable and even regrettable tactics to win it, the same thing can be said of the American Civil War (1891-1865). And since that war still has a lingering aftermath, Americans should learn more about it.

Others obviously feel the same way. For example, Steven Spielberg’s movie, Lincoln, released on November 16, 2012, and based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of Lincoln, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, was very timely. It not only coincided with the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, but it educates viewers about the real story behind the Civil War.

The American Civil War was more than a century in the making, and its repercussions have been felt ever since — not simply for the following century and particularly in the 1950s and 1960s. They were felt in the 1970s when there was still terribly violent suppression of people seeking equal rights and Civil Rights for African Americans. And its repercussions are felt even today, even though some Americans would rather ignore them.


So begins an article on How the Civil War Is Related to the Current Partisan Political Conflict and Division In America.

What I like best about it is that in the last section, Part 2, which is about How History Repeated Itself In the 1960s, there are three videos. One is CSNY's 1970 performance of "Southern Man," the second is Neil Young's Harvest album performance of "Alabama," and the third is Lynyrd Skynyrd's 1973 performance of "Sweet Home Alabama," which thumbs its nose at Neil Young and all other critics of Southern racism. That, the article suggests, is what began the modern "Southern Pride" movement, which is related to the political activism of the "religious right."
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Reply Why Steven Spielberg’s new movie, Lincoln, is so very timely, and crucial. (Original post)
SarahM32 Nov 2012 OP
Filibuster Harry Nov 2012 #1
RBInMaine Nov 2012 #2
virgogal Nov 2012 #3
Rhiannon12866 Nov 2012 #4
Shilo Nov 2012 #5
boingboinh Nov 2012 #6
Blue_In_AK Nov 2012 #7
fightthegoodfightnow Nov 2012 #8
johnlennon_shallrise Nov 2012 #9
coalition_unwilling Nov 2012 #11
David Zephyr Nov 2012 #10

Response to SarahM32 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 08:13 PM

1. Just came in our area and planning to see it within the next 2 weeks. Argo

which is about the hostages back in 1979 is a great movie. A must see.

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Response to Filibuster Harry (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:42 PM

2. Just saw it. Just got home from it. Here is why it is EXCELLENT:

It can be very risky to take on a historical drama featuring a central figure as revered as Lincoln. It had to be done right. Spielberg got it right. Great script. Great cast. And Daniel Day Lewis's Oscar-worthy performance captures the Lincoln that was indeed born for his times; the right man at the right time. SOMETHING to see. Everyone in the theater walking out was saying, "Excellent, just excellent." SEE IT !

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Response to Filibuster Harry (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:50 PM

3. Going to see "Lincoln" tomorrow and saw "Argo" a couple of weeks ago. Argo

blew my mind.

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Response to SarahM32 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:54 PM

4. I met Doris Kearns Goodwin last night, lovely lady and so very smart.

We went to a lecture she gave on her book, had a book signing beforehand, so got to speak to her. She looks much younger in person and is incredibly entertaining, has so many fascinating stories.

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Response to SarahM32 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:55 PM

5. Looking forward to seeing it

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Response to SarahM32 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:18 PM

6. Anyone see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom Skull? Cringe.

 

Or Warhorse
Or Tin Tin
Or War of the Worlds
OR AI
OR ...

Spielberg hasn't been good in more than 20 years. So i am going in with low expectations.

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Response to boingboinh (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:53 PM

7. Lincoln is an exceptional movie

with only a little of Spielberg's usual schmaltz. I think you'll like it.

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Response to SarahM32 (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:01 PM

8. An Absolutely Amazing Movie

You can't not watch that movie and think about today...



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Response to SarahM32 (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:21 PM

9. This Really Says It All

 

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Response to johnlennon_shallrise (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:49 PM

11. Or this:

 

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Response to SarahM32 (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:42 PM

10. We saw "Lincoln" the first weekemd at the Arclight in Hollywood. Stunning film.

Tony Kushner's screenplay is beyond perfection.

The audience (granted it was in Hollywood) applauded and cheered throughout the film.

Screenplay, direction, acting, sets, score, costumes...exceptional.

And when it was over, I only had one question: where was Daniel Day Lewis? I never saw him once in the entire film.

Run, don't walk to this movie and take your loved ones with you.

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