Most notable are the uses of both lowkey and highkey lighting, which are used to set the mood for each scene. This in all is a compelling and harrowing memoir that i am sure most people interested in the history of slavery, or american history will want to read. The book, twelve years a slave, was published one year after uncle toms cabin, harriet beecher stowes antislavery novel, which some regard as the book that started the civil war by making the northerners more aware of the cruel slave practice in the south. Filmen er instrueret af steve mcqueen, og har chiwetel ejiofor i hovedrollen, lupita amondi nyongo i en birolle, som hun vandt en oscar for, og michael fassbender, brad pitt og benedict cumberbatch i andre vigtige roller ved oscaruddelingen 2014 modtog filmen tre oscars, herunder en oscar for bedste film. He is hired by two men for a twoweek tour in washington with their theatrical company. The movie was released in 20 starring chiwetel ejiofor as solomon northup, benedict cumberbatch, and brad pitt. The slave himself or herself is degraded, made to suffer awful torments, and cruelly robbed of physical, emotional, and spiritual riches. Black men would fight on the side of the american colonies in the revolutionary war 17751783 against the british, the war for independence.
Even if twelve years a slave became a bestseller when it was published in 1853, it has. The only thing that lets this film down is the rather odd beginning and the at times lessthanclear dialogue. Animal pen day we are outside of a smallish animal pen. These chilling lines from actor chiwetel ejiofor are just a piece of the pain displayed in the most talkedabout movie of the year, 12 years a slave. Cinematographer sean bobbitt went on record saying that he enjoyed the fact that they were not given strict. Historian says 12 years is a story the nation must.
Slaves or niggers were undoubtedly suffered from brutal treatment in terms of not only physically but also emotionally and spiritually. In 1841, the afroamerican violinist solomon northup is a free man, living with his wife and children in saratoga springs, new york. Retrouvez les 1588 critiques et avis pour le film 12 years a slave, realise par steve mcqueen ii avec chiwetel ejiofor, michael fassbender, benedict. Epps treats him and a slave girl named patsey with particular violence. Unfortunately, thats one of the most important aspects for me when i watch a film and while i can appreciate the quality of the work, it just missed the mark for me personally. To hear some tell it, perhaps hyperbolically but with real conviction, 12 years a slave may be the definitive cinematic treatment of american slavery. Music from and inspired by 12 years a slave is the soundtrack album to 12 years a slave. Its scenes like these in the film, surely, that lead critic susan wloszczyna to state that watching 12 years a slave makes you feel you have. A brief analysis steve mcqueens 20 film concerning the slavery of african americans in the 1800s employs numerous elements of miseenscene and cinematography in order to build a naturalistic world within the films frame. For twelve long years solomon was a slave, and then thankfully due to a canadian helping him his friends from new york were able to locate him.
Analysis of the movie 12 years a slave 1051 words 5 pages. Twelve years a slave is an 1853 memoir and slave narrative by american solomon northup as told to and edited by david wilson. Twelve years a slave is a 20 movie that was directed by steve mcqueen based on the 12 years a save memoir by solomon northup. In the precivil war united states, solomon northup chiwetel ejiofor, a free black man from upstate new york, is abducted and sold into slavery. This piece was originally published in december 20, before the release of the film 12 years a slave. The steve mcqueen biopic, based on the reallife autobiographic tale of freeman solomon northup in the 1840s, is both beautifully made and brutally realized. In sum, the movie twelve year a slave is such a true description of strictly racial hierarchical slavery system and brutal treatment to slaves in which enormous damage and loss, both tangible and intangible, including the loss of human dignity us house representative, 2008. Apart from that, it is a very good film, but be prepared to be shocked by some of the violence. Analysis of the movie 12 years a slave by steve mcqueen. Facing cruelty personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by michael fassbender, as.
Introduce the clip from the film 12 years a slave eone, 20, certificate 15. It is a report of one mans experience, but it represents the suffering and survival of many. Thats because, ultimately, 12 years a slave isnt just a film about slavery, its a film about all of us, and how we as a society come to accept certain horrors as a part of life. Probably in a bid to save money, brad pitt was not only one of the main onscreen stars of the film but he also. Production by luke du val 12 years a slave was produced by regency enterprises, river road entertainment, plan b entertainment, new regency and film 4 productions. But with the exception of a somewhat distracting thirdact cameo by coproducer brad pitt, it is pitched pretty near perfectly in terms. Born free and illegally kidnapped, he spends 12 years in slavery before achieving his freedom. Inspired and informed by solomon northups accounting of his life, 12 years a slave may be a great film. Based on an 1853 memoir by solomon northup, a free black man. The new film from the british director steve mcqueen is an adaptation of the memoirs of solomon northup, a freeborn black american family man. Lupita movie part 1 from college film actress to academy awards frontrunner. While both of those boxoffice and critical successes offered compensation for their heavy subject matter with outbreaks of humor and a hip attitude, 12 years a slave is a somber, meditative, almost poetic film that delivers the horrors of bondage stripped down and headon. Stripped of his past, his identity and even in the eyes of the law his humanity, the renamed platt becomes the property of plantation owner ford. The narrative twelve years a slave is a mesmerizing memoir of the life of solomon northup.
Northup was put to work on plantations in the state of louisiana for 12 years before. The movie won the bafta award and the academy award for best picture as well as the golden globe award for best drama. Saratoga springs is where solomon northup, his wife, anne. Jaap buitendijkfox searchlight we love being the country that. Meets unscrupulous characters, is betrayed and kidnapped. In the antebellum united states, solomon northup, a free black man from upstate new york, is abducted and sold into slavery. It has what most of the others lack namely, gravitas. Steve mcqueen, the british video artist who made hunger and shame, spares his audience little. The film 12 years a slave is an adaptation of northups 1853 memoir. Its clear from the start that this movie isnt content to simply be viewed.
Rarely, its true, have the cruelties of the antebellum south been so thoroughly catalogued. The use of miseenscene and cinematography in 12 years a. Ultimately, twelve years a slave marks a watershed moment in slavery studies and film history in this country. Clashes with eliza and other slaves who dont trust whites midpoint. Based on the 19thcentury memoir of solomon northup adapted here by screenwriter john ridley, 12 years a slave follows the tribulations of an educated carpenter, musician and family man from new. At sixty years old, abram is a sweet, aging man who acts like a father to the other slaves.
This study guide consists of approximately 29 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of twelve years a slave. Even though it scored one nom fewer than hustle and gravity, 12 years a slave remains the film to beat among the nine best picture nominees. Analysis of the movie 12 years a slave by steve mcqueen 96 words 6 pages the movie 12 years a slave, directed by steve mcqueen, depicts a free black man, solomon northup, from new york who was drugged and kidnapped in order to be sold into slavery in the precivil war south. How lupita nyongo made this huge step with her very first film role, in this episode. Based on the autobiographical narrative 1853 of solomon northup. Northup worked on plantations in the state of louisiana for twelve years before his release. It contains two tracks from the film score composed by hans zimmer, three tracks coarranged by violinist tim fain and nicholas britell, and original spiritual songs written and arranged for the film by nicholas britell, as well as performances by alabama shakes, cody chesnutt, gary clark. Create marketing content that resonates with prezi video. This film is impressive to any person that watches it as it tries to explain what the salves go through in the south of antebellum. Lupita nyongo wells up with emotion watching a particular scene from her first film, 12 years a slave. Northups detailing the abuses he enduredand those he was forced to inflictprovides a warning to all generations of the moral costs that slavery exacts from everyone involved. The use of miseenscene and cinematography in 12 years a slave. There were the highest expectations for the film 12 years a slave 20, the motion picture about the enslavement of africans in america by the black british visual artist and film director steve mcqueen.
Us house representative, 2008 was convincingly demonstrated in series of events and scenes from the movie twelve years a slave. He was in bondage for 12 years in louisiana before he was able to secretly. Find out why on this episode of fandango frontrunners. The movie 12 years a slave by solomon northup is a movie that involves many different techniques to set the lighting throughout the movie. As henry louis gates jr, an expert on slave narratives and consultant on the film 12 years a slave, has noted, literacy was the very commodity that separated animal from human being, slave from. However solomon is kidnapped and sold as a slave in new orleans with the nickname platt. Use of lighting in 12 years a slave eng225 film critique. Northup, a black man who was born free in new york state, details his being tricked to go to washington, d. A group of slaves stand in a sugarcane field, bedraggled but resolute, looking into the camera. With chiwetel ejiofor, michael kenneth williams, michael fassbender, brad pitt.798 555 1154 581 1457 1210 17 671 683 1158 1470 406 657 215 1394 571 242 1547 1270 756 607 805 453 519 591 1235 1066 102 422