Daniel Day-Lewis is Abraham Lincoln. The motion picture Lincoln opened in limited release Friday and will open nationally Nov. 16, and will reflect research done at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. James Cornelius, curator of the Lincoln Collection there, says he spent about a half day with Day-Lewis to discuss Lincoln’s clothing and how he wore it, as well as how Lincoln walked and spoke.
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You won’t see any Springfield scenes in the film, but what you hear could be familiar. Cornelius says the organization provided much assistance in the area of sound effects:“both actual sounds from the collection – items that we own – as well as suggestions for the kinds of sounds that were in the Lincolns’ ears when they lived in Washington.” Cornelius says the sounds include a family dinner bell and a clock from the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office in Springfield. He adds the movie is a story based on facts; not a documentary.