Famed film critic, writer, and film historian Richard Schickel has written a retrospective of Spielberg’s career (Steven Spielberg: A Retrospective). We speak with him about the book and he shares his thoughts on the director’s latest film.
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In chilly weather, Lincoln often wore a dark wool shawl over his shoulders. Many years later Robert Todd Lincoln gave his father's shawl to a friend and it now in the American History collection at The Smithsonian (though not currently on display). In the new movie, Lincoln is seen often wearing a shawl.
In Lincoln: A President for the Ages, Lincoln scholars speculate on questions like: Would Lincoln have dropped the bomb on Hiroshima? How would he conduct the War on Terror? Would he favor women’s suffrage or gay rights? Would today’s Lincoln be a star on Facebook and Twitter? Would he embrace the religious right—or denounce it?
In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. The film’s screenplay comes from Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award Winner – Tony Kushner (Angels in America).
Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. The movie opens nationwide on Friday and we will focus on Lincoln – the man and the movie on today’s Roundtable.
Our Question of the Day: What do you take from the legacy of Abraham Lincoln?
When Harry S. Truman left the White House in 1953, his reputation was in ruins. In Citizen Soldier: A Life of Harry S. Truman, Aida Donald shows that, for all his failings, Truman deserves recognition as the principal architect of the American postwar world.
The preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, a document that put in motion the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, will have a temporary home in the New York State Capital for two days.
The four-page draft of the document, handwritten by Abraham Lincoln, will be on display at the New York State Museum. The exhibition offers an unprecedented display of the only surviving version of the document in Lincoln’s handwriting and includes historical background and interpretation of the document.