Before I get into the film I have to give some "credit" to Kathy Frain (@KathyQUAD) at @DerbyQuad who has kindly allowed me the opportunity to reacquaint myself to the lovely surroundings of Derby's Number one Arts Centre.
I have about six films pencilled in that I will be watching there during the end of January 2013 and during February, therefore if I'm watching then I guess hopefully you will be reading, so with that in mind, I shall proceed to inform you of the wonderful, captivating and engaging production that informs the viewer of the long road Emancipation had to travel....
Now everyone has heard about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of The United States of America and all his achievements, however, this film focuses on the final four months of his life which coincides with his efforts to provide freedom for all Americans. This was a very contentious issue, which caused many of the Southern States to rebel thus starting a four year civil war from 1861-1865.
Lincoln is played by the great British actor Daniel Day Lewis whose performance is immense!
Apparently the Director, Steven Spielberg, wanted Liam Neeson who he had worked with on the Oscar winning film Shindler's List (which like Lincoln is based on true events).
This film is part based on the biography by Doris Kearns Goodwin called "Team of Rivals: The political genius of Abraham Lincoln" which I must buy after seeing this film.
Lincoln is an American historical drama film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as his wife Mary Todd Lincoln.
The film covers the final four months of Lincoln's life, focusing on the President's efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.
Now the above sounds boring, however, if you want to hear English without "You get me!" punctuated throughout a sentence then this is for you. The language is nearly Shakespearian in delivery, but please do not be put off by this, rather run to @DerbyQUAD and ask, nay, demand a ticket (at the back please so that you can take all of the films bigness!).
Doris Kearns Goodwin described Lincoln in his final months as a leader with "the rare wisdom of a temperament that consistently displayed an uncommon magnanimity to those who opposed him.”
Can the above be said of any political leader anywhere in the World in the last 30 years, bar the South African President Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi? Discuss....
Back then the Southern states were called Slave States based on their dependence of Slaves for their livelihood (picking cotton or tobacco I guess). Interestingly on of the South’s most famous Leaders was General Lee.
People of a certain age will know that the famous car in the popular TV series in the 1970s called "The Dukes of Hazard" was called "General Lee."
Lincoln was a brilliant strategist and the film does portray him as a much loved leader by the troops regardless of their ethnicity and just about everyone.
Do bare in mind that Lincoln, in the middle of the war, brought in The Emancipation Bill (Jan 1st 1863) which wasn't brought into law by Congress but rather by Constitutional Authority as Commander in Chief of The Armed Forces.
The beauty of this change in Law was that it meant that Black People were all legally free and had the right if they so chose to join up in the fight against the States that wanted them to remain as Slaves, which increased The Unions numerical advantage. For obvious reasons The South could not do the same.
Just as an aside, the British Governments of the past had an empire that they had enslaved and when they realised that "The Natives were revolting" in huge numbers, they then "Set them free" (but without their resources which had long since been looted). In times of War The Motherland" informed the newly named "CommonWealth" that their services (aka bodies that can absorb bullets) are required (but I'm sounding very cynical I know, forgive me as I go back to the story).
The question which intrigues me though is why did The President fight so hard for Black African Americans?
Well there is a mention at the start of the film when Mr President was having a conversation with the African American Soldiers who are stating that they are grateful for the opportunity to fight, they also wanted equal pay and conditions too! During this converse The President makes it clear that he has the type of hair that is unruly.
Historians have said that they believe that Abraham Lincoln's father was black which if true would make means Barack Husain Obama's recent achievements less impressive. (For more, read this)
Do have a look at this film and see the events that showcases a time that people of colour were not allowed to vote, in a time that the majority of voters have elected an African American President, not once, but twice.
Mr 16th President of the United States of America, we the people salute you and appreciate your indefatigable spirit.....
People, go see His-Story while I read the book to the film, and when you've seen, and read, both, then check out the film called Conspirators which tells the story of the trial of those arrested for prematurely ending the life of one of the greatest, most passionate leaders, ever...