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Lincoln ******
« on: April 12, 2013, 07:14:14 PM »
When the Constitution was written and affirmed it was understood only too well that the nation was being formed on some very unstable ground. The practice of enslaving men, women, and children of the Negro race was and always had been an unsupportable abomination. The framers knew that the instability caused by this denial of most salient clause of the Declaration of Independence, that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights..., would continue to haunt the country until it, slavery, or the country was dissolved.
By 1860 the conflict had reached a point of no return. There were no further compromises that could be made. The newly formed Republican party nominated Abraham Lincoln to run for President. His election to that office was, for the South, the death knell of the republic. Eleven states formed the Confederate States of America and declared their independence from the United States on January 9th of 1861.
The newly elected and inaugurated president had no choice but to go to war against the rebelling states. Lincoln’s goal was not the abolition of slavery, but, rather, restoration of the Union. What followed over the next four years was the bloodiest conflict in American history.
The film Lincoln covers only the last four months of that conflict from early January 1865 to the death of President Lincoln on April 15th of that year. Its major action has to do with Lincoln’s struggle to get the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution passed by Congress. That amendment ended slavery on American soil forever.
The action is uses as a form of expository, allowing the audience to see Lincoln as a man, as leader, as a father, a husband, but most of all as something that transcended all of those individual roles. I believe that, despite some historical inaccuracies, it accomplishes its goal.
There is no exposition, no flashbacks. Any references to events that led to the events depicted are given in context and do not stand out. If you don’t know the history of this period you may not understand a good deal of what is happening. However, at the same time, Lincoln is seen as a man of immense intellect, enormous erudition, not just a great reader, but one who remembered all he read and integrated it and synthesized it into much deeper thoughts. This can be grasped by anyone as the events are carried along and the Amendment is passed. This, in itself, can be understood by anyone, as can the wondrous human being that drove the engine of freedom for all people.
Daniel Day Lewis does a wonderful job as Lincoln. Less noted, but equally marvelous is Sally Fields’ performance as Mary Todd Lincoln. I felt that she was as effective in her role as Laura Linney was in portraying Abigail Adams in the John Adams miniseries, and that is saying a lot. These were both stunning performances of very complex women.
Among the most powerful impressions of this film should be the contrast between the life of Lincoln as president and the lives of modern presidents. In Lincoln we see one of our greatest presidents, but we also see a man living not so differently than those he serves. A man who ordinary citizens have access to. A man of great power who is still humble, and, most pointedly, a man of unquestionable integrity. Here is a man who when he leaves office wants to go to the Holy Land and walk among the ruins where the events of the Bible took place. He isn’t going on the lecture circuit or playing golf, or living the life of a multimillionaire. He, like Washington, wants to return to the life of an ordinary citizen. How far we have come from that time and his greatness.
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