Steven Spielberg, director of the critically acclaimed film “Lincoln,” delivered the keynote address at an observance commemorating the 149th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg on Nov 19, 2012. He remarked on his growing familiarity with the President, a sentiment shared by David Bruce Smith, author of “Three Miles from Providence.”
In his speech, Spielberg remarked that his visits to Gettysburg have put him “…in the presence of Lincoln’s still eloquent ghost. To be honest I have been keeping company with that eloquent ghost on and off for the last 10 years spent preparing and constantly for the past 2 years, devoted around the clock to making “Lincoln.” And even if this is merely an illusion or testament to the enduring force of his legacy, like most people who spent a lot of time thinking about Abraham Lincoln he’s come to feel like one of my oldest and one of my dearest friends and I imagine I am talking to many people who feel the same way.”
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