Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ Looks Very Spielberg, and Pretty Darn Lincoln — TEASER

Daniel Day Lewis

Now that I think about it, Steven Spielberg and Abraham Lincoln are a near perfect match. For a filmmaker like Spielberg — a creative pioneer with a vendetta against intolerance and a touch of magic afforded to every piece of work he has bestowed unto the world — America’s 16th president is the perfect subject. A historical figure beyond human, practically as whimsical and enchanting and synonymous with purity as E.T. (without the proclivity for home invasion and the unabashed neglect of proper nutrition). As such, the new teaser for Spielberg’s biopic Lincoln seems right in step with everything we’d expect and hope for.

The teaser, which you can watch below, makes a spectacle of the president, stamping his famous profile beneath a powerful but sensitive voiceover delivered by his portrayer, the great Daniel Day Lewis. Even amid the warfare depicted in the teaser, there is an element of childlike whimsy to Honest Abe’s aside that only a Spielberg picture could guarantee. And Lincoln’s story, one we all know but are in no hurry to stop hearing, is one that deserves this kind of majestic treatment.

The teaser advertises the full trailer to come, as well as a Live Google Hangout with the director and costar Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Sept. 13 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PD, which you can access at www.lincolnmoviehangout.com.

[Photo Credit: DreamWorks]

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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