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Oliver Stone
'Lincoln' aims to enlighten as it entertains
'Lincoln' aims to enlighten as it entertains

In "Lincoln," director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner have pulled off the improbable: They have built this season's prestige hit around congressional proceedings that might seem more appropriate for C-SPAN than the big screen. Any movie that can interest a mainstream audience in the legislative wheeling and dealing that allowed Abraham Lincoln to acquire the necessary congressional votes to pass the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery is deserving of a presidential medal. No doubt David McCullough, the bestselling historian who has been sounding the alarm of late about how we're raising a generation of "historically illiterate" young people, is...