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Film Lincoln On release from 25th January

Either prescient or a lucky gamble, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was released in America just as Barack Obama was re-elected. A president needs a second term to get things done, as Lincoln shows. The film focuses on the pinnacle of its namesake’s re-election government of 1864-65—the passage through Congress of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution that set black slaves free.

Spielberg’s masterstroke is to concentrate on the key weeks of political manoeuvre. Drawing on…

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