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Subject: Re: Lincoln Date: 11/24/2012 8:59 AM
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Mrs. Goofy loved it. I liked it. DDL is terrific and some other players are very good. Some, IMO, were not, and I kept seeing the acting instead of riding the experience.

It's picking nits, of course, but small historical inaccuracies bothered me. To pick three: it's exceedingly unlikely that soldiers would go around reciting the Gettysburg Address. Although successful, the speech was overshadowed by Massachusetts politician Edward Everett's speech that day, and reaction to Lincoln's brief eulogy was split along partisan lines. It was reprinted in many newspapers, but it was not so universally hailed until the passing of time.

Lincoln did not lay in the bed in knees forward fetal position. He was too tall for the bed, true, but he was laid corner to corner to compensate for his height, or so the people at the Ford's Theater historical association tells people on the tour.

Mary Todd Lincoln was ten years younger than Abe, Sally Field is ten years older than DDL and looked it. That's a 20 year swing.

Anyway, worth seeing, and a good enough representation of the passage of the Constitutional Amendment outlawing slavery, but it was not the tour-de-force I was hoping for. (For some reason Mrs. Goofy was shocked, shocked I say, to witness the sausage making process that is "making law" in a democracy.)
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