№2 2017

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Author: Elena G. Dotsenko
About the author:

Elena G. Dotsenko (Ural State Pedagogical University, Yekaterinburg, Russia; Professor, Doctor Hab. in Philology),

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Tony Kushner’s screenplay to S. Spielberg’s film Lincoln (2012) is based in part on 2005 Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The movie was issued at the time of the presidential election process in 2012; Lincoln is characterized, nevertheless, not as a “pre-election” movie, but as an epic play about the Civil War, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, and about the most popular American President. The article analyses Tony Kushner’s manner of elaborating the image of President Lincoln. The screenplay is structured around the abolishing slavery and the struggle to pass the Thirteenth amendment by the House of Representatives in January, 1865. The author of the article compares the screenplay with D. Goodwin’s Team of Rivals and two Kushner’s famous plays Angels in America.

Keywords: Tony Kushner, screenplay, Abraham Lincoln, Steven Spielberg, epic theatre, epic movie, Republican party, American drama, Team of Rivals, Angels in America.