Just a year ago, the insanity of the 2016 presidential campaign was racing toward its conclusion (and things have only gone downhill since then.) What we need right now is a movie that can help us believe politics doesn’t have to be like this.
Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is such a movie. Drawing Heavily on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals it focuses on the last few months of Lincoln’s administration: victory in the Civil War and the passage of the 13th amendment ending slavery. In an Oscar-winning performance, Daniel-Day Lewis shows us a multi-dimensional Lincoln: one part self-educated country lawyer who often communicates through jokes and parables; one part troubled statesman, trying to find a way through our greatest national crisis that will eventually lead to reconciliation and healing.
“Lincoln” received a total of 13 Academy Award nominations, , including “best supporting” for Tommy Lee Jones (Congressman Thaddeus Stevens) and Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln.)
This is a film not about an icon of history, but about a president who was scorned by some of his political opponents as just a hayseed from the backwoods. Lincoln is not above political vote buying. He offers jobs, promotions, titles and pork barrel spending. . . . That’s how the game is played, and indeed we may be reminded of the arm-bending used to pass the civil rights legislation by Lyndon B. Johnson.” Roger Ebert