Images from the minute-long explainer added by overseas distributor 20th Century Fox, working with director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner.
'Lincoln's' New Opening
Because overseas audiences aren't familiar with the Civil War, these onscreen messages will contextualize the story.
'Lincoln's' Civil War Map
The map is part of a larger effort designed to provide insight into what was going on in America in 1865.
Black and White Scene
The explainer, including black and white Civil War-era images, will appear before all showings of Lincoln outside the U.S.
Civil War Photo
20th Century Fox, which is working with DreamWorks to distribute Lincoln overseas, worked on the explainer with director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner.
Images Show Over John Williams Score
"It's seamless and quite beautiful, actually. And there is the John Williams score playing over it," said Paul Hanneman, co-president of 20th Century Fox International,
Why the Captions are Needed
"It's not a biopic about Abraham Lincoln, it's a moment in time that changed history," says Hanneman. "From a publicity perspective, we're not trying to make this a movie about politics."
Length of the Explainer
The full introduction to the overseas version of Lincoln lasts about a minute.
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