Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field
As much as this is an important film with big actors and Steven Spielberg behind the reigns, I have to admit I had more fun watching Parliament Time on the late nite TV. Things just went so slow at the beginning and unless you have studied this bit of history, it just got too confusing. Sure I knew it was about Lincoln abolishing slavery, but as for the minor details about how they got there I struggled to know who was for and against and pretty much didn't care in the end.
This is a factual account of the days leading up to the voting of the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery in the USA. Abraham Lincoln is the President and is brilliantly played by Danial Day Lewis who is made up to look strikingly like him. Not just with his makeup etc, but the way that shadows and silhouettes are used. There is something about that top hat and beard.
There are a few moments in the film that pinpoint great historic events, but if it wasn't for the music I would never have known. If you liked the mini series John Adams then you'll love this. I would have enjoyed it more if they maybe did a biopic on the President... but I think they already did that. Apparently he used to hunt vampires when he was younger. ROB