Spielberg's 'Lincoln' focuses on the man, not the monument
September 14th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

Spielberg's 'Lincoln' focuses on the man, not the monument

In unveiling the full trailer for November's "Lincoln," director Steven Spielberg still warned viewers that they're not going to be able to glean the whole story.

In a discussion Thursday, facilitated by Google Play, Spielberg said that the trailer "is only a slight texture, a little tone or offering of the tone of the film," he said. "The movie's really about the content of Lincoln's life ... of the last four months of his life."

"Lincoln" is adapted from Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," which Spielberg praised as "very detailed." When he read it, he said, "that was the gauntlet that she threw down that made us all want to equip her research and enormous admiration for Abraham Lincoln in a film version."

The movie follows Lincoln as he concentrates on two large issues: ending the Civil War and abolishing slavery. "To see him working on a specific action really gives you an idea of what it must have been like to be Abraham Lincoln, and not just him, but a member of his family," Spielberg said.

Daniel Day-Lewis portrays the 16th president, and Spielberg said the actor did more than his fair share of homework.

"[Lewis] really honored Lincoln by reading so much about him, even more than I ever did," the filmmaker said. "He came up with his interpretation of Lincoln based on everything he read and experienced within his own process. He delivers Lincoln as I imagine, as we all imagine, Lincoln perhaps was to very, very many people in his life and his administration."

In the end, Spielberg is hoping audiences walk away with a greater understanding of Lincoln the man, not just the history figure.

"It was important for me to get a penetrating, thorough look at Lincoln as a man, as a working president, not as a posing president," Spielberg said. "Lincoln was a monumental president, but we treat him as a man, not a monument."

"Lincoln" opens November 16.


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  1. OP OP

    MEANWHILE --as Hollywood –BALKS– this year's
    -------60th Anniversary-------
    of he RED China, Globalism and EUGENICS –essential-
    --------KOREAN WAR-------–
    Spielberg's 'on cue' cultural incest –'mysteriously overlooks'
    the REAL Lincoln's quite possibly -FATAL- diss of the
    Global USURY monopoly over finance of the war. . .

    February 7, 2013 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. HIP OP

    BEWARE this latest on cue, 'on board' piece of 'agenda friendly'
    predictive programming and PC moral alibis from Spielberg.

    --And in this 6th? -7th? -8th? Lincoln retread NOTHING
    new is brought to the table and NO comment is made about
    Spielberg's obvious choice of a foreigner to play this American
    icon -during the Republic's 11th hour.

    As always, BEWARE the PC moral alibis for 'social engineering'
    and -enforced- 'equality' as dispensed by BILLIONAIRE
    Hollywood producers in Trotsky glasses.

    And RE-MEMBER, this will NOT be the first time his timing
    was creepy in the extreme.

    He delivered his guilt trippy ode to old China right on cue
    to 'perception manage' the heyday of Globalist handover
    of the American economy --to RED China, and round about
    the time of the TIENNAMEN NASSACRE.

    AGAIN --BEWARE like the plague!

    December 14, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. BATHROOM

    well you see....abette does the drop off tomorrow before work and then you'll run to the bathroom.
    riiiight.

    September 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Arnold Kunst

    Lincoln once said, "I don't like that man; I must get to know him better." It has been a long time since any of our political luminaries said anything like that. Maybe if you and I said – and practiced – what Lincoln said and did, we might show our political luminaries how to shine instead of appearing to shine..

    September 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lepez

    "Lincoln" is adapted from Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," which Spielberg praised as "very detailed." When he read it, he said, "that was the gauntlet that she threw down that made us all want to equip her research and enormous admiration for Abraham Lincoln in a film version."

    The movie follows Lincoln as he concentrates on two large issues: ending the Civil War and abolishing slavery. "To see him working on a specific action really gives you an idea of what it must have been like to be Abraham Lincoln, and not just him, but a member of his family," Spielberg said.

    Daniel Day-Lewis portrays the 16th president, and Spielberg said the actor did more than his fair share of homework.

    "[Lewis] really honored Lincoln by reading so much about him, even more than I ever did," the filmmaker said. "He came up with his interpretation of Lincoln based on everything he read and experienced within his own process. He delivers Lincoln as I imagine, as we all imagine, Lincoln perhaps was to very, very many people in his life and his administration."

    In the end, Spielberg is hoping audiences walk away with a greater understanding of Lincoln the man, not just the history figure.

    "It was important for me to get a penetrating, thorough look at Lincoln as a man, as a working president, not as a posing president," Spielberg said. "Lincoln was a monumental president, but we treat him as a man, not a monument

    September 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bodhisattvasiddhartha

    Reblogged to pern site.

    September 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lepez

    I love lincoln and what he stood for..he is actually one of my favorite presidents.

    September 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bodhisattvasiddhartha

    Reblogged this on Jay .

    September 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. i am very mentally stronger then you are...

    remember that ..... i cant help write a speech, blog, answer 400 calls day, take minutes for a meeting, incorporate them into supervisors for approval, ladies room, fix up, meet a client, kiss kiss and blog...and how was your day today

    September 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Count Blackula

    Did you know Lincoln was a republican like Romney and George W Bush? No way will he be getting my vote.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • nixxy

      There was a time when republicans actually cared about the ppl. It is history now.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leroy

      Lincoln invented f00d stamps. He be da man!

      September 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      @nixxy

      "There was a time when republicans actually cared about the ppl."

      Weak. You must try harder. The GOP has always been about the individual. The Democrat party, going as far back as Andrew Jackson has been about big government. People become nothing more than "subjects" under big government. For 100 years, blacks supported the Republican Party. Then, in the 1950s/60's the Dems wanted to reverse this trend. So they embraced the welfare state. They convinced blacks that they were victims, and they started to give them free gifts from the public treasury. Blacks have been voting Democrat ever since.

      Sadly, only a small percentage of blacks have seen through the Democrat lies and have become Republicans. Welfare is the new slavery. It keeps people in bondage to the government. There is now a co-dependecy between blacks and the Democrat party. Democrats wants votes, so they need as many people on welfare as possible. Welfare is not designed to help people, it's designed to keep Democrat politicians in office.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      @Leroy

      "Lincoln invented f00d stamps."

      The difference between a Democrat and a Republican is simple. A Democrat demands a piece of the pie that someone else made. A Republican wants to go to the store, buy the ingredients himself, bake his own pie and eat it. And, if he chooses to share a piece of pie, he does so voluntarily.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • KK

      @thomas. Them republicans sound selfish not sharing any of their pie. Just because of that I won't share any of my cold beers with them. I'd druther have 8 or 10 cold beers than a piece of dried up old pie any day of the week.

      September 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • doug

      Thomas, I didn't expect to read truth and facts here at cnn, that was refreshing.

      The lib is always quick to resort to their pre-programmed you racist response to truth of what the Democrat party has done to America and our fellow citizens. We would have almost no crime and everyone would have affordable healthcare if there were no Democrats. They are moral-less people, the masters and those stuck in the great society trap, obviously the narcissist bots that post at CNN as well. If you lived your life as a Democrat you would be an atheist as well as each religion says it is a sin to live a Democrat life.

      September 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jefferson Davis

    Lincoln was a fascist. He consolidated all power upon a strong centralized federal government, suspended habeus corpus rights, chose a military and not peaceful resolution to the state's rights issue, and caused the death of 600,000 Americans, plunging the southern states into economic depression for twenty years. A wise president could have found a peaceful nonviolent solution. Lincoln chose blood, war, death. George Washington was way better.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Wilkes Booth

      I completely agree with everything you said and I'm the man to do soemthing about it!

      September 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • mlg4035

      The 600,000 that died, died over the "right" to "own" other men like they own cattle.
      Those that died fighting against slavery were righteous, and died nobly.
      Those that died fight for slavery were evil, and died ignominiously.

      You couldn't even carry Lincoln's fountain pen...

      September 15, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • john brown

      If God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."

      A peaceful nonviolent solution to the violence rape and obscenity of slavery, oh Jefferson? You accuse him of fascism while defending slavery. It's difficult to believe that racist southern whites have so little shame still. In the end, thankfully, the traitors lost the war.

      September 15, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. ctthieme

    He didn't kill any zombies. He never traveled in time with Bill and Ted, and he didn't hunt any vampires. He kept this nation, for good or ill, bound and unified with his soul and by his blood. About God damned time...

    September 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michael Caliazzo

    Hollywood has made Gay acceptable.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Michael Caliazzo

    Does Spielberg encourage GAy people to ruin our nation?

    September 14, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lincoln . . .

    Lays some mighty smelly logs.

    September 14, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |

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