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Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 11/19/2012

American-made candles light up ‘Lincoln’


Daniel Day-Lewis portrays President Abraham Lincoln in the film "Lincoln." (David James - Associated Press)
When you go to see Steven Spielberg’s movie epic “Lincoln,” which opens everywhere tomorrow, check out the candles used in the interior settings. They were all made by the century-old Ymittos Candle Co. of Lowell, Mass., whose main customer is usually the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The company designed a three-wick candle for “Lincoln” and other films that would look like the usual single-wick but give off sufficient light for the camera, according to an article by Peter McQuaid of the Lowell Sun newspaper. The special candles were used in 1992 for a BBC production of “Ethan Frome” and in 2003 for “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”

Company Vice President Mike Kaplan screened “Lincoln,” and later told the Sun that Spielberg knew what he was doing. “All the tones work with the dark Victorian colors and it’s extremely artful. I wanted to jump up and yell, ‘That’s our candle!’ during the screening.”

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:51 PM ET, 11/19/2012

 
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