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Just found this interesting thread and decided to post in order to (1) say some positive things about Lincoln and (2) defend Spielberg's legacy.
I thought that Lincoln was a beautifully written and brilliantly acted exposition of the way in which the clever and devious Lincoln got his fractious cabinet to support and a sharply divided Congress to submit to the states for ratification the 14th Amendment freeing all slaves. He did all of that in the midst of a civil war. Some artistic license was taken but the basic facts support the story that Lincoln tells.
Spielberg directed two great films, Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List, which many film historians hold to be the greatest film ever made. Several other Spielberg films are also generally highly regarded. I agree, though, that Spielberg is sometimes excessively sentimental, which has resulted in films, mentioned by others in earlier post, that were mediocre. Still, I think it is abundantly clear that Spielberg will go down in movie history as one of the greatest directors.
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