Up until now I was never really looking forward to Steven Speilberg‘s Lincoln. Sure Daniel Day-Lewis is certainly going to be one fantastic Abe Lincoln, which is a good thing looking at the other movie based on our 16th president that came out this year. After seeing this trailer I know that it is going to be a pretty good movie, maybe a slight like last year’s J.Edger, with another fantastic performance by one of hollywood best actors today. I know for certain that I will be seeing this movie now that I have seen some footage and I’m confident it will likely be an Academy Award nominated movie.
DreamWorks has announced that the film “will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.” According to Spielberg, Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s entire book about Lincoln’s presidency is “much too big” for a film, and said that the film will focus on the last few months of Lincoln’s life (similar to The Passion of the Christ), the ending of slavery and the Union victory in the Civil War. Spielberg said that “what permanently ended slavery was the very close vote in the House of Representatives over the Thirteenth Amendment – that story I’m excited to tell.” Spielberg plans to show “Lincoln at work, not just Lincoln standing around posing for the history books…arguably the greatest working President in American history doing some of the greatest work for the world.”
Screenwriter Tony Kushner has said that he worked on the script for six years and that he was very interested in “the relationship of Lincoln to the abolitionist left” and that Lincoln’s “incredible ability to finesse very, very treacherous political circumstances and continue to move the country forward, I mean, to lead the country forward in the midst of the most horrendously difficult period in its history, I think, is breathtaking and awe-inspiring.”
In Team of Rivals, Goodwin describes the following episodes of the final months of Lincoln’s life in detail:
- The fight in the House of Representatives over proposing the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolishing slavery forever, which succeeded on January 31, 1865
- The unsuccessful Hampton Roads Conference, which took place on February 3, 1865, at which Lincoln and Secretary of State William H. Seward met with three Peace Commissioners from the Confederate States of America
- Lincoln’s second inaugural address, delivered March 4, 1865
- Lincoln’s 18-day trip to visit General Ulysses S. Grant at his headquarters at City Point, Virginia, starting March 23, 1865. He was accompanied for parts of his trip by his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and both of his living sons. Lincoln also met with General William Tecumseh Sherman on April 1, and later that day Petersburg, Virginia fell to the Union Army. Lincoln visited Petersburg the following day. The Confederate capital, Richmond, Virginia, fell on April 3, and Lincoln visited there on April 4. Seward was seriously injured in a carriage accident in Washington on April 5, and Lincoln returned to the White House on April 9, 1865, and immediately visited Seward.
- On the evening of April 9, Lincoln received a telegram informing him that General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia had surrendered at Appomattox Court House, in Virginia. For all practical purposes, the war was then over.
- Lincoln’s final cabinet meeting on April 14, 1865, where he discussed his plans for Reconstruction
- Lincoln’s visit to Ford’s Theater that night, where he was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth, at the same time that William Seward was seriously wounded in a separate but coordinated attack by Lewis Powell (Source from the Wikipedia page)
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