Spielberg’s `Lincoln’: Cinematic Treat Best Served with Lame-Duck

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Byron Jennings, Joseph Cross, Hal Holbrook, Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln, David Strathairn, Jeremy Strong, and David Costabile in 'Lincoln.'

Lame-duck sessions of Congress can be larger than life.

That’s the way the lame-duck session of the winter of 1864 was portrayed in the film, “Lincoln,” the tale about President Abraham Lincoln’s winning of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution barring slavery.

Fitting that the film should play for the lame-duck session of the winter of 2012, as lawmakers struggle to avert a “fiscal cliff.”

Steven Spielberg, director of the film, and Daniel Day-Lewis, who delivered a powerful portrayal of Lincoln in it, plan to attend a screening for members of Congress at 5 pm EST tomorrow.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, a film buff, already has taken fellow Republicans to see the film on one of his move nights out. It focuses on the power of a president to convince a balking House of Representatives to narrowly do the seemingly impossible.

Based on the state of play of fiscal-cliff talks, some may need a second viewing.

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