9 November 2012 9:16 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Moments before the curtains lifted for Thursday's premiere of Lincoln, Steven Spielberg received a standing ovation from the audience as he stood in front of the silver screen to present his film for the AFI Fest’s closing night. “He’s a myth -- powerful and maybe a bit slightly out of focus,” said Spielberg of his film's subject matter, Abraham Lincoln, during his opening presentation at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

The Oscar-winning director’s historical biopic looks intimately into the personal and political life of the 16th president

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