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  • Film Review: ‘12 Years a Slave’

    Film Review: ‘12 Years a Slave’

    • November 5, 2013

    Towering profiles of moss-hung oaks, silhouetted against languid Southern sunsets, form some of the indelible images from Steve McQueen’s new film. So too do gruesome close-ups of the scarred backs of antebellum slaves, whose skin has hardened to bark by years of whippings. This is the central visual paradox in 12 Years a Slave, which