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Friday, November 16, 2012

Fonda Lincoln

Saw the new Lincoln tonight and while excellent in most ways, it's really more prose than poetry, if you know what I mean--much like Spielberg's earlier Amistad.   You do get used to the Day-Lewis voice after a bit.   One shocker:  Jared Harris, the Brit from "Mad Men," as U.S. Grant.  One notable omission:  The whole film is built around passage by the House of the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery, and when it passes most viewers will assume it's all over.  But if you remember from your civics class:  State legislatures must then approve, and that didn't happen in this case for another 10 months (and required the unlikely backing of at least a few Southern states.)

This scene from the John Ford "Young Abraham Lincoln" with Henry Fonda--Abe halts a lynching--is more memorable for me than any one scene in the new flick.

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