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Watch: Steven Spielberg Opens Up On '60 Minutes' Talking 'Lincoln' and Much More

Learn a little more about Spielberg than you may already know

Steven Spielberg on 60 MinutesWhen I posted my review of Steven Spielberg's schmaltzy period epic War Horse and gave it a "D" the first comment began with "You sir, are not a critic." Very well, I call it as I see it no matter what some may think and stand by that review.

However, based on the way War Horse was marketed by DreamWorks and the folks at Disney compared to the way they have embraced and opened up a full-on marketing blitz for Spielberg's new film, Lincoln, I'm led to believe they see this one a little differently. It leads me to believe there must be something to the buzz surrounding the quality of his latest feature.

Following online Q&As, trailer premieres and "surprise" festival screenings, the latest stop on the Lincoln marketing express finds Spielberg in front of the camera giving an interview to "60 Minutes", which is now online for you to take in. However, don't expect just another puff piece on the film, like the surprisingly solid Q&A, this one has a lot more to it.

Spielberg spoke of his impression of the 16th President, played by Daniel Day-Lewis in the film, saying, "I saw a paternal father figure, someone who was stubbornly committed to his ideals... He was living with two agendas, both of which had to do with healing: to abolish slavery/end the war, but he also had his personal life, and I think there's darkness there."

Personally, my interest in Spielberg's films has continued to decline as of late. 2002's Catch Me If You Can was the last film of his I would say I enjoyed, upon reflection, and all three of his most recent films were misfires in my book. Yet, Lincoln has me intrigued.

Spielberg's filmography is impressive, even for a dissenter such as myself who still has more from the filmmaker to explore, which is the #1 reason his debut feature film The Sugarland Express will be featured as a RopeofSilicon Movie Club selection on November 5th.

Beyond all that, there's an impression you get watching this "60 Minutes" feature that Lincoln was a rather personal film for Spielberg (like virtually all of his films) and perhaps it's one of the reasons it took so long to get it made -- he wanted to get it just right. I hope he has, I'm seeing it very soon and would love to finally find reason to praise his work once again.

The "60 Minutes" segment can be watched directly below, which features more than just Spielberg, but you'll see a piece of one of his early films, words from his father, longtime composer John Williams and his mother telling a story of a young Steven peanut buttering the windows of his neighbors for reasons you have to watch to hear... I don't want to spoil the piece.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    I also saw this interview last night and it gave me more confidence in Lincoln. I also liked how the interview showed a different side of Spielberg. A more personal and emotional side that actually showed you where he and most of his films come from. I felt like it gave me a better understanding of Spielerg as a person and as a filmmaker. I'm sure I've said before that Spielberg is my favorite director, but I can't argue that his recent films were great films. For me, his last great film was Munich but I'm hoping Lincoln will end that. I'm not sure if you've answered this question, but what did you think of Munich and War of the Worlds?

  • http://ThatFilmAwardsShow That Film Awards Show

    Wonder if we see a zeitgeist build around this one...

  • Winchester

    That was an OK interview. Most of the word from people who claim to have seen it that I've read is generally positive to mixed, I've not read anything outright bad regarding it yet.

    That said, I personally haven't waned on Spielberg severely (I haven't seen War Horse yet) in the last few years but I would acknowledge that it's likely his very best years are probably now in the past.

  • Badge

    I don't know why there are those people who keep knocking War Horse - he was making the kind of film John Ford would have made if he'd been transported into the 21st Century, and I enjoyed and appreciated it on that level. As I was watching it in the cinema I was very much aware of the imminent demise of 35mm, and wondered if this was some sort of swan song to it, on his behalf.

  • gary james

    Agree , i dont mind warhorse,my children enjoyed it and on their scorecard it got top marks but i do mind the likes of the crystal skull,war of the worlds,ai,the terminal,tintin........all of them poor on my scorecard. As a director he seems to have lost his way and i'm firmly of the opinion that he peaked with Jaws as i've not seen a better movie.