Movie News & Reviews

November 7, 2013

Memoir from 1853 gave '12 Years A Slave' historical heft

When director Steve McQueen set out to make a film about blacks in bondage in America, bought and sold like commodities, he hadn't heard of Solomon's Northup's book, nor of the man's story. After McQueen read the book, his planned film had a title, "12 Years A Slave," and historical fiction became historical fact.

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