“Lincoln” is a biographical war drama directed and produced by Steven Spielberg. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as iconic US President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. Its world premiere took place at the AFI Fest.
It took the Oscar-winning director Spielberg some 12 years to get the project onto the screen. He explains why he had such a big job on his hands:
“Well, our 16th president did the most important thing of any president, arguably, and that is he reunified a nation that was torn asunder by slavery. Seven-hundred-and-fifty thousand were killed and he was able to abolish slavery just before he ended the war. The whole complexity and complexion of today’s world would have been totally different without Abraham Lincoln’s existence on this planet.”
The film is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Lincoln, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and covers the final four months of Lincoln’s life.
On playing Mary Todd Lincoln, Sally Field says:
“She’s a very complex character. She is an under-examined, much-maligned, misunderstood, extremely important figure in American history. And had there not been a Mary Todd, there would not have been an Abraham Lincoln. And that’s simply fact. And she was highly educated, immensely intelligent, politically savvy, came from a powerful political family in the south, found him when he was a young lawyer and she was much younger, she was 10 years younger than he, but spotted him, and said, ‘I’ll marry him and he’ll be president”.