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.
Review: A panoramic account of the hacking scandalbooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Now diplomacy has failed, boycotting Israel might be the only way we can protect the people of Gaza
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
Game of Thrones actress Aimee Richardson begs for 'other princess work' after Myrcella Baratheon part is recast
Cultural relations between Sydney and Melbourne soured by row over milk crate art instillation
The Walking Dead season 5 will see deaths of 'favourite characters', suggests Andrew Lincoln
Star Wars Episode 7: Simon Pegg hints at role
Secret Cinema Back to the Future, review: Interactive cinema experience finally arrives
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- < Previous
- Next >