Saturday, November 17, 2012

FILM: Important and Emotional Lincoln

by Staś Kmieć
   Steven Spielberg brings to the big screen Lincoln – essentially a single month of the 16th President’s life, in which we get a full and rich portrait of how he lived in his time.  The goal of the entire movie is the passage of the 13th Amendment which would abolish slavery – enabling human rights to an overlooked and abused minority.  Tony Kushner (Angels in America), in part from Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, penned a screenplay said to be with much of the same flavor as one from Aaron Sorkin.

   Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński projects greyish hues and nearly blinding blasts of white light to the film.  In 1993, Kamiński won the Academy Award for his eloquent black-and-white photography in Schindler's List (1993),  and has since been a collaborator with the Spielberg on all his films. 

   The supporting cast includes Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, David Strathairn, and Hal Holbrook, and at the center of it all, there is Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln.

   Lincoln recently opened in NY and LA, prior to release nationwide.