Friday 25 January 2013
Daniel Day-Lewis, adopting the gait and intonation of an elderly Henry Fonda, stars as the 16th and some say finest president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
But despite the monolithic title and the long-running time, this is not a sweeping historical biopic but a chamber piece, tightly focused on the political manoeuvring during January 1865 by which Lincoln was able to pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution into law, thereby abolishing slavery.
It is filmed with all necessary stately reverence by Steven Spielberg, and written by the Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner, with a keen ear for the delightful cadence of 19th-century oratory. "You grousle and heckle and dodge about like pettifogging Tammany Hall hucksters," complains Lincoln to his cabinet.
Filming to begin on two new series due to be aired on Dave from next year
TVBBC hopes latest Danish import will spell success
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 Indonesia executions: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford will refuse to wear a blindfold when she faces firing squad
- 3 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 4 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 5 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
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London Marathon: Best running songs from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar to 'Uptown Funk'
The highly NSFW poster for Gaspar Noé's Love makes Nymphomaniac look like 50 Shades
Red Dwarf returns: Craig Charles quits Coronation Street to return to comedy sci-fi series
New on Netflix UK May 2015: From Fast & Furious 6 to World War Z and Grace and Frankie
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds