Steven Spielberg: Lincoln is patriotic
- Bang Showbiz
- 19 January 2013
Steven Spielberg showed his patriotism through 'Lincoln' and wanted the film to expressly show that "democracy works"
Steven Spielberg showed his patriotism through 'Lincoln'.
The director's latest Academy Award-nominated film about the life of iconic US president Abraham Lincoln - with Daniel Day-Lewis earning an Oscar nomination for his portrayal as the historical figure - has received critical acclaim, and the veteran filmmaker felt a deep connection to the movie as it expresses his love of America.
He said the movie confirmed "the fact that I am a patriot and that I have a love for this country. I have expressed that in other movies, but I really tried to express it in this one - a respect for the fact that democracy works.
"The machinery of the democratic process is really no different today from what it was 150 years ago. I wanted to point that out."
The 66-year-old film director recalled the positive reaction the film received from current US president Barack Obama during a private screening at the White House.
He said: "It was the most beautiful response. More than I could ever have hoped for - but his words will remain private and I shall not violate the 'fourth wall' of the White House."
'Lincoln' recently received 12 Oscar nominations - including Best Picture and a personal nomination for Steven in the Best Director category - as well as 10 BAFTA nominations.