Ny Times Columnist Joins Critics Of Lincoln

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has joined critics of the screenplay of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, which depicts two Connecticut congressmen voting against the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. In reality they both staunchly supported the measure. Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney had touched off the backlash earlier this month when he demanded that the film be revised when it is released on home video. In reply, writer Tony Kushner acknowledged that he took liberties with the facts for dramatic effect and that the film was not intended to serve as a documentary. He also told Dowd that in developing a screenplay, a writer sometimes must manipulate a small detail in the service of a greater historical truth. History doesn't always organize itself according to the rules of drama. However, in her column, which appeared on Sunday, Dowd wrote, It makes viewers think that realism is just another style in art, so that no movie, no matter how realistic it looks, is believable. Then, in an apparent reference to the controversial torture scenes in Zero Dark Thirty and challenges about the authenticity of the events depicted in Argo, she added, This Oscar season is rife with contenders who bank on the authenticity of their films until it's challenged, and then fall back on the 'Hey, it's just a movie' defense.


Contactmusic

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

First Pictures Of Disney’s ‘Into The Woods’ Starring Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp

Have you ever wondered what happened to Cinderella, Rapunzel and...

First Pictures Of Disney’s ‘Into The Woods’ Starring Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp

Win Tickets For V Festival 2014 in Chelmsford!

V Festival is getting ever nearer and tickets are quickly selling out, but you can skip that pricey entrance fee by entering our new competition...

Win Tickets For V Festival 2014 in Chelmsford!

Ariana, Zooey, J-Lo, Miley! When Actresses Become Songstresses

Jenny Lewis isn't the only former actress to find musical success.

Ariana, Zooey, J-Lo, Miley! When Actresses Become Songstresses

Critics Say 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Is Great, But Does Anyone Disagree?

The new Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy has been praised to the...

Critics Say 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Is Great, But Does Anyone Disagree?

What Do We Know About Christopher Nolan's Interstellar?

Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey made a surprise visit to the San Diego Comic-Con last...

What Do We Know About Christopher Nolan's Interstellar?
Advertisement

Jennifer Lawrence Is Hollywood's Darling - How Has She Done It?

A teaser trailer for Jennifer Lawrence’s new film, The Hunger Games...

Jennifer Lawrence Is Hollywood's Darling - How Has She Done It?

NBC News Host Brian Williams Pulls Ultimate Embarrassing Dad Trick Announcing Allison Williams' "Peter Pan" Casting

NBC’s production of Peter Pan has found its lead in Girls star Allison Williams...

NBC News Host Brian Williams Pulls Ultimate Embarrassing Dad Trick Announcing Allison Williams'

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water 3D

When a pirate gets his hands on a long lost magic book in which anything he writes comes true, he...

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water 3d Trailer


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All