Friday, September 14, 2012

Trailer for Spielberg's Lincoln

Okay - I am certainly on board with this film. But I always imagined Lincoln emphasizing the object of the preposition in the Gettysburg Address in this fashion:  "of the people, by the people, for the people" as opposed to the preposition itself as in "of the people, by the people, for the people."

Let the nitpicking begin.



  1. No nitpicking here. It isn't Day Lewis' voice in the trailer reading the Gettysburg address. That being said DDL is perfect for Lincoln.

  2. Yeah, but what would be the point of your blog without some strategic nitpicking?

  3. Is there any consensus among historians about Lincoln's intended emphasis? Would emphasizing "people" have been an appeal to the common humanity of all Americans? Would emphasizing "of," "by" and "for" call attention to Americans' civic responsibility and a duty to maintain our unique form of government? Do Lincoln's other writings support one interpretation over the other?

  4. This is so funny. I always pictured DDL playing Stonewall Jackson! (The light of battle in his eyes.)