I was touched, entertained and taught by this film yesterday afternoon, directed by Spielberg and acted to perfection by Daniel Day-Lewis. I admired Lincoln before, and it was with an increased respect for the man and the president, as well as both horror and sadness, that I witnessed this film’s version of the last moments before he went to that final theatrical presentation. How much our country lost on that fated evening! I highly recommend the film to any and all. It will reveal subtle little sides of one of our great presidents we may not have recognized before. The rest of the cast was very good as well, but none could so inhabit the skin of their namesake in the way Day-Lewis managed to inhabit Lincoln.
A few reminders of his wonderful way with words:
“If the good people, in their wisdom, shall see fit to keep me in the background, I have been too familiar with disappointments to be very much chagrined.”
“This is a world of compensation; and he who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.”
“While the people retain their virtue and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government in the short space of four years.” (So appropriate for today.)
See you day-after-tomorrow for Tuesday’s Tutor