Today, Steven Spielberg released the trailer to his long-awaited film Lincoln. Everyone interested in the Civil War will definitely see this film.
Judging by the footage here, the film focuses on Lincoln's leadership at the end of the war. He faces two contradictory challenges - victory over the rebels, and the end of slavery. I like how the film portrays the numerous factions on each side, from radicals (led by Thaddeus Stevens, played by Tommy Lee Jones), to conservatives (such as Montgomery Blair, played by Byron Jennings), to members of his own cabinet (David Straitharn as Seward) and even Mary Lincoln (a well-cast Sally Field) bombard the stoic Lincoln (Daniel Day Lewis) who is determined to do his duty. We shall see how this movie holds up. I personally can't wait to see the scene where Lincoln goes to Richmond, and the freedmen and women greet him like the Messiah. The film opens November 16th at a theater near you. I encourage your comments.
h/t to Kevin Levin: http://cwmemory.com/2012/09/13/trailer-for-spielbergs-lincoln/