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Lincoln: The Screenplay [Kindle Edition]

Tony Kushner , Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Book Description

A decade-long collaboration between three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg and Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, Lincoln is a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. Containing eight pages of color photos from the film and inspired by Doris Kearns Goodwin’s critically acclaimed Team of Rivals, Lincoln is now a major motion picture.

Editorial Reviews


“Splendid… This is among the finest films ever made about American politics." New York Times

“A brilliant, brawling epic… Screenwriter Tony Kushner blows the dust off history by investing it with flesh, blood and churning purpose… A great American movie.” Rolling Stone

About the Author

Tony Kushner plays include Angels in America, Parts One and Two; A Bright Room Called Day; Slavs!; Homebody/Kabul; Caroline, or Change, a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’ film of Angels in America and for Steven Spielberg’s Munich. Kushner is the recipient of a Pultizer Prize, two Tony Awards®, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy® Award and an Oscar® nomination, among other honors. In 2008, he was the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1432 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group (February 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,350 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful in understanding the movie February 13, 2013
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Reading the screenplay was really helpful be/c even though I saw the movie 3 times, I could not follow the multiple political affiliations of major players. At times it seemed as if someone was an enemy of Lincoln, but in fact, that individual was of the same party, but merely an extremist within the party.

Though the movie was fantastic, it was not entirely self explanatory without a lot background in history, so the screenplay helped fill in and add depth to the movie.

But reading the screen play is no substitute for seeing the movie. Also, reading the screen play first won't help, you gotta see the movie first ... then read the screenplay.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lincoln February 16, 2013
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Loved my screenplay. I'm a budding writer and this movie has now become one of my favorites! Thanks for this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of the Oscar May 17, 2013
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One has only to read through Tony Kushner's script to see why it took the Oscar for best "adapted" screenplay. Inspired by Doris Kearns Goodwin’s critically acclaimed "Team of Rivals," "Lincoln is a must read for all aspiring screenwriters. Read the script to see how a master screenwriter teaches us about the incredible role one man played to shape our nation's history. Then watch how one of our greatest story tellers, Steven Spielberg, interprets the script into what was, in my view, the best picture of the year.
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Kushner's writing is terse, dramatic and believable. The structure of the plotting is also clear and tightly driven. If you've seen the film, revel in the writing that anchors the acting and directing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film and script for the ages April 18, 2013
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Film dramatizes a major moment in American history, with the complexities of both the moral high ground and the shady world of deal-making, all that laid bare. Yet it doesn't stop there--subplots involving the crippled and destructive relationship of Abe and Mary, the anger of son Robert at not being free to pursue his own life, with the horrors of the final months of the Civil War as backdrop. Day-Lewis deserved Best Actor in what I would call a career-defining performance in a career full of career-defining performances--best of the best--yet the entire supporting cast was stellar, all of them aware of the rounding of character, the nuances contained in Tony Kushner's stellar script (buy the book, too--worth every penny for anyone who loves the dramatic text). This is a film for the ages, and while I feel Steven Spielberg and the others were robbed by lesser films at the Oscars, I am certain that this one will be for viewing decades from now.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lincoln screenplay is brilliant. March 12, 2013
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Aspiring screenwriters should use this book as a guide for screenwriting. Not only is the format perfect, the dialogue has a rhythm that new screenwriters should study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film! December 13, 2013
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An excellent film. I do enjoy reading the screenplay to judge for myself how well the screenplay makes the transition to the screen.
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More About the Author

Tony Kushner's plays include A Bright Room Called Day and Slavs!; as well as adaptations of Corneille's The Illusion, Ansky's The Dybbuk, Brecht's The Good Person of Szecguan and Goethe's Stella. Current projects include: Henry Box Brown or The Mirror of Slavery; and two musical plays: St. Cecilia or The Power of Music and Caroline or Change. His collaboration with Maurice Sendak on an American version of the children's opera, Brundibar, appeared in book form Fall 2003. Kushner grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and he lives in New York.


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