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22.03.07 : Gore Vidal’s Lincoln, released in 1988

Gore Vidal’s Lincoln was released in 1988.  Most film portrayals of Lincoln are hagiographic fantasies.  This one, based on Vidal’s book,  is a realistic though sympathetic portrayal of Lincoln, the shrewd politician (played by Sam Waterston).  It presents a candid view of Lincoln’s character, his  unstable wife, his resentful son Robert, and the less noble side of wartime Washington.


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