Is Lincoln A Gay In The Spielberg Movie?

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Spoiler alert (though it's actually more of a non spoiler alert).

They had a surprise screening of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln at the New York Film Festival the other night, showcasing the film about a pivotal period in American history regarding both war and slavery.

A friend of mine who works in the arts managed to get in and liked it, especially the acting from the males, like Daniel Day-Lewis as Honest Abe and especially Tommy Lee Jones and James Spader in vivid supporting roles.

"But do they portray Lincoln as gay (or bi)?" I wondered, knowing there was a small chance the film would go along with Larry Kramer's controversial research.

(Yes, the film's screenplay was written by another fiery gay legend, Tony Kushner--who adapted the Doris Kearns Goodwin book--but Spielberg isn't usually known for full-fledged gay themes; see the muted lesbianism in The Color Purple.)

"No," said my friend.

"But there are very subtle suggestions--even beyond subtext.

"Very little things that seem more like actorly choices by Day-Lewis than anything in the script or direction.

But basically, no."

Yikes.

I hate another gay contretemps.

Kramer will surely descend on the house of Kushner and make lots of trouble.

This will be the real Civil War, lol

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bethesda
bethesda topcommenter

More important than whether Abe is gay: Will Sally Field fly as Mary Todd Lincoln, a la the Flying Nun?

mae.swazey
mae.swazey

Kuhner and Mark Harris can take on Kramer, if need be.  No worries there.  I cannot wait to see LINCOLN--my multiplex is still filled with summer crap like THE EXPENDABLES 2 and nothing like ARBITRAGE or LIBERAL ARTS seems to be coming my way.  LINCOLN looks like a winner, if only for that cast--Day Lewis, Jones, Spader, Straithan, and let's not forget Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln!

mae.swazey
mae.swazey

Oops--I meant Kushner!  Don't want Tony and Mark on my case!

 

DaveMattia
DaveMattia

@mikeymusto Abe was the first "log cabin" Republican -- so maybe.

bwaybill
bwaybill

Gus Van Sant needs to re-do this and make it the new La Cage.

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