12 years a slave

New York News
1:28 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Retracing The Steps Of Solomon Northup In Saratoga Springs

Solomon Northup
Credit Public Domain / Archive.org

The story of Solomon Northup, a free man lured from New York and sold into slavery in 1841, is now known by a worldwide audience thanks to the Oscar-nominated film 12 Years A Slave. The film, directed by Steve McQueen, shares the title of the narrative written by Northup after his rescue in 1853.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Rob Edelman: Truth In Advertising

Reviewer Rob Edelman takes a look at the history of slavery in cinema upon the release of 12 Years A Slave...

For sure, 12 Years A Slave is one of the best films not just of the season but of the year. However, there is one point about the subject matter explored in the film that deserves to be challenged. At the start of the Toronto Film Festival press conference for 12 Years A Slave, the film’s director, Steve McQueen, casually observed that the subject of slavery “hasn’t been given a platform in cinema.” Well, this simply is not so.

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