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Adepero Oduye, Alfre Woodard, Lupita Nyong’o Feature In 2 New Clips From ’12 Years A Slave’

Adepero Oduye, Alfre Woodard, Lupita Nyong'o Feature In 2 New Clips From '12 Years A Slave'

Two more clips from Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, which Fox Searchlight opens in limited release today (NYC & LA), after a much-celebrated, albeit brief trip through the film festival circuit. It’ll expand nationwide in coming weeks.
I certainly don’t intend to post every single released clip from the film, but these 2 new ones feature actresses who, until now, have been absent from all the clips released thus far – specifically Adepero OduyeAlfre Woodard, and Lupita Nyong’o.
In the first one, titled “Let Me Weep, Solomon,” Solomon (Chiwetel Ejiofor) tries to shake Eliza (Adepero Oduye), whose children have been taken away from her, out of despair. And in the second one, titled “Take Comfort,” Mistress Shaw (Alfre Woodard) gives Patsey (Lupita Nyong’O) some words of wisdom.

For our past coverage on the film, read Frances Bodomo’s review HERE; Jai interviewed Lupita Nyong’o HERE and Alfre Woodard HERE; I interviewed Steve McQueen HERE; and most recently, Vanessa interviewed Kelsey Scott (who plays Northop’s wife) HERE.

Watch both new clips below:

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You cannot criticize the film based on clips that are out of context. Deciding not to see the film because of two or three clips that you don't understand is a cop out and a huge mistake. My husband and I saw the movie over the weekend. It is extraordinary! The images etch themselves into your mind and heart. The actors' emotions are authentic and make you want to cry and scream, just like Adepero's character. It is difficult to face the fact that human beings have and still do treat each other with such evil intent.


I saw this film in Toronto; the images were stunning. I've heard the story of slavery as a 7 year old from my Grandfather. He always place it in terms of survival. By the age of 14 I was thoroughly schooled about the social conditions and the slave economy in the Caribbean. But I was not prepared for the violence towards the women. I am grateful to the cast, crew , writer and everyone who participated to bring this story to life.
This is it.
A tribute to the slave.
Belief in Solomon Northup.
I never doubted nor question the slave narrative.
This was the worst form of slavery ever in the world.
Yet it was practiced for hundreds of years? Why?
Yet they survived.
I am here because a freed slave chose life and bore one child.
There is enormous pride in that.
I am uninterested in awards and reviews.
Thanks to all of the persons who made this film a reality.


i am shocked by many of the comments.
it is clear that many of you have not seen the film or read the book.
and for the one or two that have seen the film, you are hating for reasons i don't quite understand.

have any of you ever had the misfortune of losing a child?
the pain is so deep and guttural. other worldly. can't really explain it.
it was so uncomfortable and off-putting to listen to and watch. you just want her to stop, shut the f up and keep on with life. but she cant. she wont.
i thought it was pretty on point.
it is a woman in a pain and loss so deep.
you rarely see people cry like that because hopefully you don't know too many people who have lost a child let alone two in such a horrific way.
and the comment on the lack of tears and snot running down ala Viola Davis…absolutely ludicrous.
that is a woman wailing for mercy.
i think she did a great job.
its a weird scene to pluck out and show on its own, without preceding context.

this film for me was uncomfortable in general. but so necessary.
these are depictions of people that *actually* lived and went through these things like millions of our ancestors did. I have never seen anything come close to visualizing what it really must have been like for our people during slavery.
*all* the actors are brave and let it all go in my opinion and went to a deep dark place.
don't know how many of you are actors but none of what they did was easy…and i thank them for their work.

i have noticed how unfair and vile some many of the comments get here.
its one thing to express an opinion, its another thing to judge harshly (aka hate)
and most of the time, this seems to be a forum for hate.
its quite unfortunate. and bit disgusting.


Yeah Adepero was not good in this movie. It's so disappointing because she was amazing in Pariah. Anywho for those who haven't seen it, don't let this clip deter you from the movie. Actually this the worst scene to show in my opinion.


I just saw the film today, and I can say with conviction that Armond White's review (posted about earlier this week on S&A) was full of blind ignorance and hater juice. This scene alone was so heartbreaking, what they had to do and force themselves to feel just to live. I could barely keep it together during that film and had to call a friend on the bus ride home, just to keep my composure. I have just made it home, and I am still in tears writing this comment.

I can say with completely honesty that is the most brutally honest and moving film I have EVER watched, and I am a cinefile who has watched A LOT of movies. The whole cast and crew deserve the utmost praise for their honesty. And our ancestors, I weep for them, and I am so proud of them for their bravery.


And so, as always, it begins…LOL.


I'm not trying to be a hater, but is it me or was Adepero really bad in this scene??? I felt like she was reading a cue card, she was very flat. The reason Solomon sounds so proper is because he wasn't/isn't a slave. He is educated and isn't going to sound like an illiterate slave. For people who haven't read the book, Adepero's character is educated and privileged as well. So neither of these two would sound like the other slaves. I'm still excited to see the film, but I hope it's not too theatrical.


I agree, Winston. Oscar baiting scene if I ever saw one. Very, very ill judged IMO. The more clips I see of this film, the less excited I am about it. Chewie is an outstanding actor, but that scene was just asking too much of him, both of them in fact.


Whaaaaaaaa? Why do they sound like they're performing Shakespeare? This is the authentic slave narrative I've been hearing folks rave about for weeks now? Where did an American slave learn to speak like that?

I think I'm gonna pass.

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