2012. USA. Steven Spielberg.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2012. USA. Directed by Steven Spielberg. A study in restraint, determination, and political and personal illumination, Spielberg's Lincoln is a marvel. With the same unrelenting exploration of informed progress he brings to the stage, screenwriter Tony Kushner has created a profoundly human portrait of a historical giant who has taken on super-human status in popular discourse (witness Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer). Day Lewis brings his Lincoln squarely back to the creaky wood-plank floors of the 19th-century White House, an unstable ground for both his family (played by Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Gulliver McGrath) and the nation. A history lesson on the fight for the 13th Amendment and the end of the Civil War to be sure, the film is also, and perhaps more importantly, a gentle reminder that the ideals of this nation are and have been melted and reshaped in the cauldron of the American experiment for over 200 years.