Saturday, December 01, 2012

A Civil War Professor Reviews 'Lincoln'

DearREADERS,
On Thanksgiving night, Mr. Myrt treated us to the evening screening of 'Lincoln'. I found it most interesting. From the research we've done visiting Lincoln-related sites this past year, and our study on and offline, we were amazed that the characters and settings seemed particularly believable.



"Allen Guelzo is the director of the Civil War studies department at Gettysburg College. He is the author of a magnificent new history of the Civil War and Reconstruction (why these periods are always separated into different volumes baffles me) as well as important studies of Abraham Lincoln's religious views and theemancipation proclamation."


Here's what other reviewers are saying:
  • “Lincoln” is a rough and noble democratic masterpiece — an omen, perhaps, that movies for the people shall not perish from the earth." THE NEW YORK TIMES A.O. Scott.
  • “Lincoln” is a rough and noble democratic masterpiece — an omen, perhaps, that movies for the people shall not perish from the earth." THE NEW YORK TIMES A.O. Scott
  • "This is a profoundly thought-provoking portrait of 16th president and his drive to end slavery and unite the country." USA TODAY Claudia Puig
  • “…a lyrical, ingeniously structured screenplay by Tony Kushner, is one of the most authentic biographical dramas I’ve ever seen.” ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Owen Gleiberman
  • “His filmmaking is deceptively simple – the kind of simplicity only a master can achieve.” NEW YORK MAGAZINE David Edelstein
  • "Daniel Day-Lewis, who has a lock on an Oscar nomination, modulates LINCOLN." CHICAGO SUN-TIMESRoger Ebert
  • "Spielberg, Kushner and Day-Lewis dare greatly in giving us this complex, conflicted portrait of a great American leader." ROLLING STONE Peter Travers
  •  “…there’s no debate about the acting: Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones… and James Spader… are all superb.” US WEEKLY Mara Reinstein
  •  “The Abraham Lincoln we only thought we knew.” THE WALL STREET JOURNALJoe Morgenstern
  • "…the debate scenes are like war vignettes, but with words for swords." TIME Richard Corliss


Happy family tree climbing!

Myrt     :)
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1 comment:

  1. "Lincoln" is the most substantial, thoughtful, politically wise, historically well-informed, dialogue rich, and truly dramatic movie that I have seen in a long, long time. It is a tribute to the film industry that along with all the car-chase and ticking-time-bomb box office hits, we are still able to create and sustain a movie like this. Kudos!

    And I'm going to buy Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of Lincoln.

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