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Steven Spielberg has made an intelligent, sensitive film. But it's more stately stroll than guts'n'glory retelling of the struggle to end Us slavery

Lincoln (2012)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Entertainment grade: B+

History grade: B+

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He is remembered for winning the country's civil war and ending slavery, both in 1865.

Politics

The film opens towards the end of the war, with the slaveholding Confederate south staggering towards defeat. Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis), nearing victory, visits his Union troops. There is little fighting on screen. Most of the action is talky, and takes place in and around the White House and in the House of Representatives. If you liked The West Wing, this may well be up your street: think of Lincoln as the prequel. On the other hand, if your tolerance for the intricacies of American legislative procedure is low, this could be »

- Alex von Tunzelmann

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