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Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen’s ‘Shame’ Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis

Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis

It might be a little while before we get another feature film from Steve McQueen. He’s currently at work on his HBO pilot, “Codes Of Conduct,” and only after that will he get cracking on his all female heist flick, “Widows.” So, perhaps it’s time to take another look at “Shame,” and this time from a slightly different angle.

A new video essay by Kingdom Of Shadows argues that “Shame” is actually a critique of the modern metropolis, and that Michael Fassbender‘s sexual addiction in the movie is a metaphor for the bigger theme at play. Using clips from film, along with context from Woody Allen‘s “Manhattan,” Martin Scorsese‘s “Taxi Driver,” and interview footage with McQueen, the eight-minute look at the movie is a compelling, well-reasoned alternate theory about the picture. It’s sure to spark some debate, so watch below and leave your thoughts in the comments section. [35MM]

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