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A haunting cinematic portrayal of American slavery

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I normally don’t use this space to comment on movies, but I want to make an exception in the case of “12 Years a Slave,” which is the most powerful portrayal of American slavery that I’ve ever seen in film. To start with, it’s just a really compelling narrative about a man who spent his life as a free man in New York, built up a career as a violinist, had a wife and two children, and then was...

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