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  1. Bill
    November 19, 2012

    Good story! I had wondered during the movie if she was a real figure or a composite, but didn’t have a chance to look it up.

  2. lenka73
    November 19, 2012

    Ruby Dee earned an Emmy Nomination for playing her in 1998, in GORE VIDAL’S LINCOLN

  3. Raygo
    November 19, 2012

    I always liked Gloria Reuben, since her days on ER. Good to see her on the big screen.

  4. Bud
    November 19, 2012

    I saw Lincoln at a packed Sunday showing here in Houston last night. The scene between Lincoln and Keckly is one of the most beautifully shot sequences in the film and there is a lot of those to choose from. Gorgeous!

  5. ChrisFlick
    November 19, 2012

    Mary T. and Lizzie K. is the name of a play opening in Washington DC after the new year. It can only benefit by the attention being paid to the movie. And yes Ruby Dee was wonderful in that miniseries, which also by the way provided the crucial context for the reception scene between Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. I think without having seen Gore Vidal’s Lincoln I could not possibly have appreciated that scene as much as I did in Kushner’s Lincoln.

  6. d2
    November 19, 2012

    The movie, for me, was not the best I’ve ever seen. Far from it. I do not simply admire the passing of the 13th Amendment, I am ashamed that our country even had to pass it. You can put a band-aid on a scratch, but you’ll never be able to hide the scar. You can cover it up with makeup, but you’ll always know that it is there.

    Personally, I’d rather have seen a film that began with Lincoln’s assassination and spanned the next few years when Mary Todd (played by Mare Winningham or Marcia Gay Harden, not Sally Field) is dirt broke and asks Keckly to help sell items on her estate. Enough attention has been paid to Lincoln as a central character in history, but very little time has been spent with Mary Todd….such a shame.

  7. Marc R.
    November 19, 2012

    Personally, I thought she was given no tribute in the film. Gloria Rueben certainly knows how to express emotion, but she is there mostly as a sort of moral compass and a face to look sad. Her scene with Lincoln is the most awkwardly scripted in the film, and she is given next to nothing to do. Because this is a film primarily about Lincoln passing the 13th amendment, it isn’t a deal breaker that black people are sort of pushed to the sidelines in the film, depicted as sad, idle onlookers waiting for white people to free them, but it is unfortunate that much of the humanity of this story is lost. It is a great film about politics and Lincoln, but not really a great film about the times. Kushner’s script, while rich, is too narrow.

  8. Marc R.
    November 19, 2012

    *that time.

  9. alan of montreal
    November 20, 2012

    Anthony Breznican at EW highlighted Gloria Reuben as a “For Your Consideration” for supporting actress. She seems to be experiencing a bit of a career comeback between this and Tina Fey’s next film.

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