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Last night, I attended a special prescreening of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.   Let me begin by saying, security was tight.  Cell phones, all electronic tablets were collected and bagged……we were all wanded by security before entering the theatre.  Pocketbooks were searched.

Without divulging too much, I will say that each scene did not disappoint.  The actors were stellar, Daniel Dey-Lewis’ performance was exceptional, watching him portray Lincoln ruined the part for any thespian with similar aspirations.  He not only captured Lincoln’s physical appearance; he captured the heaviness that dwelled upon his shoulders.

Sally Field’s portrayal of Mary matched Daniel’s…….

There was one particular scene between the two of them that had me riveted to my seat……I wasn’t in a theatre seat; I was inside the lives of Abraham and Molly, the acting was just so superlative.  I have read many books on both of them; but the talent of Daniel and Sally brings them to life on that screen.

Snippets of humor provided by the gifted young actor who portrayed Tad helped lighten the drama.

There wasn’t one adequate performance, each was above and beyond ………The movie, itself, is above and beyond, Spielberg should be very proud……each involved in this daunting production should feel the same.

Lincoln is an intimate portrayal of politics, agendas, and one man’s battle to accomplish what best fitted him for his time…… will learn about a President, but also a man………

As the screen went black,  the theatre erupted into applause……..yes, “Lincoln” is an accomplishment for which Spielberg and all involved in the production should be proud.



Like all Gettysburg residents, I am anxiously awaiting the new movie “Lincoln.”  We hope the film does him justice, is historically accurate, and portrays this man as the complex soul he truly was.

The more I read, the more I am fascinated by this man……

Thought at first to be a “country bumpkin” ……he possessed such intelligence and the skill to use that intelligence to work to his advantage…. He was hindered by depression, melancholy and a dark side………I find the stories of his travels through grief so fascinating…… His wounded heart masked the grief by countless quips and stories; so much so, many thought the anecdotes not fitting of a President’s status.   Mr. Lincoln spoke a lot in those “quips”…….they often revealed just how perceptive he was.

His artistry with words conveys such emotion….a few minute speech from Lincoln could master what pages and pages of others could not…….

He loved animals…..the White House hosted a motley crew of pets….a turkey named Jack, a goat named Nanko,  (Tad used to hitch Nanko to a wagon and wheel him around the White House grounds… his favorite horse, Old Bob, who held the honor of pulling his master’s funeral hearse…..

Paranormal tales of Lincoln’s dog foretelling his assassination by endless barking intrigue my spiritual interests.  Lincoln, himself, sensed what the future would hold.

Children flocked to be by Lincoln’s side…….he loved them and the love was reciprocated….

No matter what motives prompted any Civil War legislation….the end result of the Emancipation Proclamation was a testament to how this leader evolved amidst the turmoil and despair of war…….how could the years of the 1860’s not have changed this man………..the grief, the death, the personal sorrows……

Steven Spielberg is coming to Gettysburg this November to speak during the Remembrance ceremony.   I hope the spirit of Mr. Lincoln smiles down with satisfaction on this director’s portrayal ……

Here is a link to this promising new film, due in theatres this November……