Lincoln international trailer: Daniel Day-Lewis plays gutsy Abe
The international Lincoln trailer begins with the grim title card: "The bloodiest war in American history is raging." Later on, as in the domestic trailer, we hear a conservative politician, obviously a Man of Faith and a firm believer in Traditional Family Values, proclaim: "Congress must never declare equal, those who God created unequal!" (Please scroll down to check out the international Lincoln trailer. Photo: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln.)
In other key moments in the international Lincoln trailer, Mary Todd Lincoln (Sally Field) tells stiff-necked husband Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) not to waste his power ("No one is loved as much by the people") in attempting to abolish slavery in the United States. The problem is that, as Lincoln is reminded by someone else, "it's either the amendment or this confederate peace. You can't have both."
But then again, there's nothing a little vote "procuring" can't achieve – which goes to show that in the world of American politics some things remain exactly the same as they were 150 years ago.
Republicans = Liberals vs. Democrats = Conservatives
But most curious of all in the Lincoln trailer is the reminder that the Liberals / progressives in the United States of the mid-19th century were the Republicans. The Democrats were the conservatives / reactionaries. (Of course, many Democrats are still that way in the early 21st century, but you get my point.)
Abraham Lincoln and censorship
Now, I haven't watched Lincoln, so I don't know if director Steven Spielberg and credited screenwriter Tony Kushner will show Abraham Lincoln's determination to control – and, if necessary, ban – any speech that went against his political strategies, from news outlets to private correspondence. It would be interesting to see Spielberg and Kushner tackling an avowed Defender of Freedom's utter disregard for two of the most basic of human freedoms, Freedom of Speech and Right to Privacy. (Not to mention the fact that the filmmakers could make – or could have made? – some quite relevant analogies to 21st-century politicians who, in "times of crisis," would love to have the political control Lincoln had in his day.)
Lincoln movie cast
In addition to Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, the Lincoln cast includes Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, James Spader, Lee Pace, Jared Harris, John Hawkes, and tons of others. Tony Kushner is credited for the screenplay based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book. Lincoln opens in North America next Friday, November 9. [See also "Lincoln trailer in HD."]
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