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By Adam Carlson

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Lincoln is getting raves for pretty much everyone involved in making it, including its director, Steven Spielberg, and its star, Daniel Day-Lewis.

That’s all well and right, of course: Day-Lewis’ performance is impeccable in a way that is difficult to praise precisely; it’s constituent parts have the pull of inevitability, as if the actor has always been playing Abe Lincoln, a little bit, somewhere in the back of his head.

But what’s interesting, in the flood of good reviews that the film has gotten, is that not all of them, or necessarily very many, spend much time talking about Lincoln’s writer, Tony Kushner.

That’s fair, to a point. A conversation about a film can often become a conversation about its director or stars, and the writer can fade further back when she or he is adapting a previous work, »

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