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'Lincoln' Trailer HD: Daniel Day-Lewis' Voice (?) in Steven Spielberg Historical Drama

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Steven Spielberg Lincoln Trailer

The Lincoln trailer looks like every post-1975 “serious” Steven Spielberg movie ever made, from The Color Purple and Empire of the Sun and Schindler's List to Amistad and Saving Private Ryan and War Horse. As Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis has only a couple of lines in the trailer; for that reason, it's impossible to judge his quite emphatic line delivery, as it's seen (and heard) totally out of context. As for Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tommy Lee Jones, if you blink, you'll miss them. (Please scroll down to check out the first official Lincoln trailer.) [Photo: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln.]

So, if the Lincoln trailer is indeed a good indication of what the actual movie will be like, then those who appreciate Spielberg's dramatic touches will surely enjoy the director's latest foray into historical dramatizations. As for those who find troublesome the director's handling of real-life drama (or human drama in general) … Well, I believe D.W. Griffith's staid Abraham Lincoln is available on DVD.

In my view, the most interesting element in the Lincoln trailer is the presence of an 1860s Christian conservative (and surely a firm believer in “traditional family values”) issuing the following warning: “Congress must never declare equal those who GOD created unequal!"

Lincoln cast

Besides Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lincoln also features David Strathairn, James Spader, Lee Pace, Jared Harris, John Hawkes, and others. Tony Kushner is credited for the screenplay based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book. Lincoln opens on November 9.

Abraham Lincoln in the movies

Previous movie Abraham Lincolns include Walter Huston in Griffith's 1930 drama, Henry Fonda in John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), Raymond Massey in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) and How the West Was Won (1962), and Benjamin Walker in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012). In case Daniel Day-Lewis does get a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Lincoln, he won't be the first actor to achieve that feat: Raymond Massey was shortlisted for Abe Lincoln in Illinois about 71 years ago. (James Stewart won that year for The Philadelphia Story.)

Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln photo: David James / DreamWorks / Disney / 20th Century Fox.

Daniel Day-Lewis LincolnThe Lincoln teaser trailer is now available online. (Please scroll down if you feel like listening to a very solemn delivery – by Daniel Day-Lewis? – of a segment from the Gettysburg Address.) Directed by two-time Best Director Oscar winner Steven Spielberg, Lincoln is the eagerly anticipated Spielbergian version of Abraham Lincoln's life and political career. Also worth noting is that Lincoln is a shoo-in for a Best Picture Academy Award nomination (among other categories) – unless, of course, Spielberg's biopic turns out to be another Amistad.

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, Lincoln also features Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who can be spotted in every other 2012 release), Tommy Lee Jones (who could be spotted in every other 1993 release), David Strathairn, James Spader, Lee Pace, Jared Harris, John Hawkes, and dozens of others. Tony Kushner is credited for the screenplay based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book.

Lincoln opens on November 9. The full Lincoln trailer is set to drop on September 13.

Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln photo: David James / DreamWorks / Disney / 20th Century Fox.

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'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.

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  1. Melinda Butterfield

    I wonder this movie will annoy me or impress me. I'm not too crazy about the way DDL gets in character, he's a bit too much. I want to be taken back in time, I hope I don't feel like I'm watching actors in a theme park show.