Lincoln - Daniel Day-Lewis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Lincoln - President Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) speaks with his eldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) ©2012 DreamWorks II Distribution, photo by David James

On October 3, 1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a National Holiday.

In doing so he explained. “In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity… peace has been preserved with all nations… and harmony has prevailed everywhere.” He declared that the last Thursday of November shall become a day of “Thanksgiving and Praise.”

We celebrate his spirit and wish everyone a safe and memorable holiday.

The above is actually from Dreamworks who released Lincoln last week. We thought it fitting at this time to share it with you.

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DreamWorks Lincoln/Thanksgiving graphic

Lincoln Official Website

Steven Spielberg on Abraham Lincoln and his film Lincoln (but no mention of Thanksgiving)

“I’ve always been interested in telling a story about Lincoln. He’s one of the most compelling figures in all of history and in my life,” says spielberg.

“I can remember being four or five years old when I first saw the lincoln memorial. I was terribly frightened by the scale of the statue in that chair. Then, as I got closer and closer, becoming completely captivated by his visage. I’ll never forget that moment and it left me wondering about that man sitting high above me in that chair.”

He continues: “Lincoln guided our country through its worst moments and allowed the ideals of American democracy to survive and assured the end of slavery. But I also wanted to make a film that would show how multifaceted Lincoln was.

He was a statesman, a military leader, but also a father, a husband and a man who was always, continuously looking deep inside himself. I wanted to tell a story about Lincoln that would avoid the mistakes of both cynicism and hero worship. To be true to the vastness of who he was and the intimacy of his life and the softer angles of his nature.”

Says spielberg: “we came to focus on the last four months of Lincoln’s life because what he accomplished in that time was truly monumental. However, we wanted to show that he himself was a man. Not a monument. We felt our best hope of doing justice to this immensely complicated person was to depict him in the midst of his most complex fight: to pass the 13th amendment on the floor of the house of representatives.”

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online