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Lincoln: Good Spielberg's Bad Moments

What should we make of radiant Lincoln and blubbering Private Ryan?

Even his homely, radiant Lincoln has his moment of doubt. Hearing his own address coming as something like prayer from the mouths of soldiers who soon might die, he is stricken: How could a mortal ever live up to those words and their promise?

Like Spielberg, this Lincoln blinks. And then, like Spielberg, he sucks it up and gets on with his mighty business.

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sashastone
sashastone

Pseudo intellectual claptrap.  You got it wrong. I understand your need to tug and tear up the mighty Spielberg but in so doing you really do miss the bigger picture. To me, complaints like this sound like the writer is sitting on the therapy couch complaining about daddy.  It's not even close to being true about Spielberg, either his body of work or Lincoln. 

simondelao
simondelao

So what happened? Did Lincoln ever turn those Darkies loose on civilized white society?

anonymouse
anonymouse

Some nice points about a surprisingly good movie, but don't you think Tony Kushner deserves some credit for the intelligence and restraint of this film? I mean, Spielberg's not exactly a thinker.

jmmartin
jmmartin

All Spielberg needs is a good producer, which is to say, someone to tell him No.  Someone to curb his schmaltzy tendencies: look how the silly rocks-on-tomb-of-Schindler ruined the overall effect of the "List" film, an unnecessary example of the director's self-indulgence and a trait that allows detractors to claim he makes "Disney pictures."

gold
gold

I enjoy Spielberg films, not all, but most.  They are usually worth seeing. I won't go to this one because I have studied Lincoln and arrived at the conclusion that Lincoln was not what his PR portrays. Most of all, I resent the temple built to the god Lincoln on the mall in DC.  It is a temple. He sits like Jupiter Optimus Maximus in a rather sick setting. All that is missing are cult priests, incense and Vestals.  Of course, Lincoln didn't authorize it. Lincoln, however, was not at all what you think. I would not attend the film, not because of Spielberg, but because of the subject.  Read beyond the worshippers.  You will discover a man you never heard of.

Binkconn
Binkconn

 @jmmartin

 The 'silly rocks-on-tomb-of-Schindler' was a Jewish ritual of respect for the dead, you twit, performed by the actual Jews Schindler saved on his actual tomb. Anyone who finds that self-indulgent missed the point of the movie entirely.

rudy20
rudy20

 @gold Don't believe the Libertarians who think the Confederacy was Paradise..

The more you actually read about Lincoln, the better he gets.

jmmartin
jmmartin

 @Binkconn Absolutely not.  It was unnecessary and pointed and ruined the film for me.

michael684
michael684

 @rudy20  @gold I never heard of any libertarians who say the Confederacy was a paradise. What they say is they had a right to peaceably leave the union. and not be attacked for doing so.

 

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