On the eve of its nationwide release on November 9th, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln will close the LA: The AFI Film Fest. Starring Daniel Day Lewis as our 16th President, this will give the festival audience a jump on the Oscar season. For the 4th consecutive year, AFI FEST will continue to screen its program to audiences for FREE. And, no other major film festival has landed this likely cinematic classic.
The motion picture, adapted by Tony Kushner from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s bestseller Team of Rivals, co-stars Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, John Hawkes, Jackie Earle Haley, Hal Holbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and Jared Harris. This is the 26th Spielberg film scored by John Williams. DreamWorks is marketing and promoting this historic drama, an old-fashioned Hollywood biopic geared for adults and Academy voters.
The trailer was released to the press this week, and it has made the rounds among news circles. A true Hollywood-and-Vine moment, historical biopics have a longstanding legacy in cinema, making this year’s anticpated release of Lincoln the must-see movie of the year!
Spielberg received a AFI Life Achievement Award in 1995. Five of his flicks rate among the greatest films of all time on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies list: Schindler’s List, Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Saving Private Ryan. Last year, the director completed a one-hour special at the AFI Conservatory with Williams exploring their four-decade relationship.This candid conversation aired on Turner Classic Movies. Spielberg and co-producer Kathleen Kennedy serve on the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees. I'm proud Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is in the prestigious shelves of the Louis B. Mayer Library of the American Film Institute!
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