Kushner penned screenplay for 'Lincoln,' which opens today

By By Cliff Seiber / American Press

The movie “Lincoln,” with a screenplay written by Tony Kushner, opens in Lake Charles and across the country today, Nov. 16.

Kushner is a Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist who grew up in Lake Charles. The script is based in part on the book “Team of

Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The film was directed by

Stephen Spielberg.

The book and film are a political biography about Lincoln and his cabinet, Kushner told the American Press in an interview in January.

“Mainly it’s a political biography of

Lincoln and a history of the Lincoln administration,” Kushner said.

Lincoln appointed

to his cabinet three men who opposed him for the nomination —

William Seward, secretary of state; Salmon P. Chase, secretary

of treasury; and Edward Bates, attorney general. All held

divergent political views.

The film will be screened at the Cinemark theater at Prien Lake Mall. Today’s show times are 11:50 a.m. and 3:20, 6:40 and

10:05 p.m.

Daniel Day-Lewis plays Lincoln, and

Sally Fields plays Mary Todd Lincoln. Also in the cast are David

Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt,

James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones.