Essay on Commentary on Steven Spielberg´s Lincoln

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Steven Spielberg proves to his audience yet again his mastery and skill in the cinematic arts in his 2012 historical drama, Lincoln. Spielberg's directing experience, accompanied by a convincing portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, by Daniel Day-Lewis provides the people with a film stocked with emotion, suspense, and triumph. However, as with most films based on historical events and figures, Spielberg takes certain liberties in his role as a director to adjust with the accuracy of that history. These adjustments lead to a series of questions worth pondering. Even though a director like Spielberg or script-writer like Tony Kushner, the script-writer for Lincoln, has the ability to make these …show more content…
However, all four of the representatives from this state voted in unison for its passing, a fact that Rep. Joe Courtney (D) of Connecticut wanted to make clear to the public (Gonzalez, 2013). This change caused an uproar throughout the state, understandably. Tony Kushner, the film's screenwriter even acknowledged this change, and defended his decision to allow this. He explained that this change was made for the film to point out the closeness of the vote. Yes, it is historically accurate that the vote was close. However, does an alteration such as this make sense, and was is even necessary to include it? Whether the amendment passed by two votes or four votes, it still passed by a very narrow margin. Furthermore, it is this narrow margin that serves as a reminder to everyone that the history we continue to study and learn could have been drastically different from what it is today. Secondly, while a large change like this is very questionable, the exaggeration of a character in regards to his or her presence in history is not surprising when it comes to the film industry. Sometimes it is important to a film in order to establish a specific role for which the audience can connect. Spielberg and Kushner use this liberty to exaggerate Mary Todd Lincoln's role in the film into a larger and stronger feminine role. While Sally Field performed the role of the First Lady very well, the real First Lady did not involve

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