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December 13, 2012
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CRUISIN' THE MUSES: Looking at 2 films: 'Lincoln' and 'The Shootist'

Abraham Lincoln was a great storyteller and a crafty politician if you believe the portrayal given us in Steven Spielberg's film "Lincoln."

Believe it, but pay no heed to the poetic license represented by dialogue conforming to known facts without being factual.

No one can know precisely what Rep. Thaddeus Stevens said to a cowering colleague during a two-man meeting in which he secured a vote on the issue at hand, exactly what Stevens said to his bed partner after success, or for sure what Lincoln said to aides and family members.

The movie captures, as well as possible with …

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