Abraham Lincoln Needs Votes In International Lincoln Trailer

By Sean O'Connell 2012-11-05 10:47:38discussion comments
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International trailers notoriously tease more footage than our domestic counterparts. But what the heck do the Brits know about our nation’s 16th president, Mr. Abraham Lincoln? The foreign trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming historical drama is now available online, playing up the military strife and the civil indifferences plaguing Lincoln during the final months of his term (and his life). Watch the new international trailer, courtesy of The Guardian, below.



The trailer maps out the battles in Spielberg’s movie, and I’m not talking about Gettysburg or Antietam. Instead, Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) risked his popularity to push through an unpopular amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery, even before the Civil War had been decided. The war had to be waged in Lincoln’s volatile Congress, where the amedment needed enough support from the president’s rivals to finally pass. “These votes must be procured,” states Day-Lewis, summarizing the crux of Spielberg’s efforts.

The clip also runs down the checklist of “Spielbergian” contributions, for lack of a better term. In the final minute, as John Williams’ brassy score ratchets up, Janusz Kaminski’s glorious period cinematography captures the litany of outstanding character actors who’ve stood in line for the benefit of appearing in the director’s latest historical feature: DDL, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, James Spader, Hal Holbrook … if you are an actor in Hollywood and you were NOT asked to be part of Spielberg’s Lincoln ensemble, it might be time to fire your agent.

Ignore the 2013 in the international clip. For some of you, Lincoln will be in theaters on Friday, Nov. 9, expanding wide in the U.S. the following week on Nov. 16.
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