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

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by Tambay A. Obenson
October 18, 2013 7:59 PM
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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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18 Comments

  • Barbara | November 13, 2013 12:46 PMReply

    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.

  • McDonald | October 24, 2013 4:09 PMReply

    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.

  • joy | October 23, 2013 8:55 AMReply

    wow.
    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.

  • LOL | October 19, 2013 9:43 PMReply

    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.

  • Bforreal | October 19, 2013 7:27 PMReply

    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.

  • That Afrikan | October 19, 2013 9:03 PM

    I too just saw this film this afternoon in Times Square. I haven't been able to put its searing images and scenarios out of my mind since. I keep thinking about the totality of the experience of Solomon and of the making of a slave and how important it is to expose these realities to a contemporary audience in order to better understand how society and individual social outcomes arise today. I imagine myself in Solomon's shoes, a young black male New Yorker being duped and sold into the state of being someone's chattel and property through the conduits of brutal physical and psychological torture, in another part of this same country, only 160+ years ago. This history is very much alive with us today, it sets the architecture of modern American life and the contours of the African-American community and the global African diasporic experience, and yet, rarely being so honestly illuminated by the powerful cultural force of cinema, it is invisible and ignored, at the expense of better understanding ourselves. The filmmakers have done us all a great service by producing such a brutally honest depiction, with such a full spectrum of the experience (or at least as much as could be portrayed in a couple hours). For people of the African diaspora who try to hate on this film in particular or this subject matter being portrayed in film, I respectfully question their motives, especially what films they would rather be made, than a subject as key to our history, and yet unexplored, as this.
    I am so overwhelmingly pleased with this film, the artistry, the production, the writing, the acting, the composition, and the uncompromising boldness to explore this subject so nakedly. This story could have in fact been told much more brutally than is depicted in this film, to those who want to reduce this movie to "torture porn." As a fellow cinefile, I also struggle to identify many films as emotionally moving as this one. Sankofa was one such flick for me earlier in my life, among others. But this was not a contrived tale, but a true story that begs us to honestly imagine ourselves in Solomon's, or Patsey's or Eliza's shoes, because it actually happened thus. I hope this film challenges us as people of African descent to embrace all the contours of our history with pride, not shame, to embrace our humanity in all its complexity, and to manifest that bit of love for one another that we seem to run from. We survived this centuries-long ordeal and all its horrors, merely hinted at in such a short piece of cinema as this film, because of each other and the powerful endurance of our love and connection to one another as black people, not in spite of each other or at one another's expense.
    So, great, powerful thought provoking film, and a huge achievement for black cinema.

  • Alan | October 19, 2013 4:21 PMReply

    And so, as always, it begins...LOL.

  • JulieB | October 19, 2013 10:32 AMReply

    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.

  • granthamFalls | March 2, 2014 7:16 PM

    You are not a hater, Adepero is terrible in that scene. She is out of her depth trying to connect the hystrionics to genuine emotions. In a later - much less dramatic - scene, she gives a fair performance. Nevertheless, the role of Eliza was poorly written, poorly cast, and poorly directed.

  • JMac | October 19, 2013 10:56 PM

    Damn. I wanted to defend Adepero but this scene was like watching a college theater production.

  • Lauren | October 19, 2013 7:47 PM

    The real test of any performance is does the actor's dialog and emotions behind it sound real when your eyes are shut. In this scene Adepero does not sound legit not to mention there should be tears and snot a la Viola Davis in her scene with Meryl Streep in Doubt-for the heartache of losing her children.

  • JULIEB | October 19, 2013 2:03 PM

    It just seems strange that someone crying so hard wouldn't have any tears!!!!!! If your kids were sold, you'd be crying tears, not just making loud noises!!!!! Her crying doesn't sound genuine at all. But I have seen clips of Lupita, and her performance is legit, everyone else needs to sit down lol .

  • Donella | October 19, 2013 12:37 PM

    I didn't care for either Adepero's or Alfre's performances.

  • BluTopaz | October 19, 2013 12:06 PM

    Then we're both hating, because imo she sounds like she is in a community theater production of For Colored Girls. And could the close up on Alfre's raised pinky be any more subtle

  • miktal | October 19, 2013 3:33 AMReply

    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.

  • Winston | October 18, 2013 10:41 PMReply

    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.

  • Winston | October 19, 2013 3:00 AM

    It sounds like Downton Abbey. I can't sit through 2 hrs of that.

  • Darkan | October 19, 2013 2:48 AM

    Winston, I said the same thing to myself when I was watching a screening of the film. Took me right out of the scene. I couldn't believe it when people were telling me this film is the best film they've ever seen. I was thrown for a loop by the dialogue in many of the scenes which weren't that authentic at all. I have come to realize that this is one of those films that I won't be able to speak on due to the flaws that many will disagree exist and choose to overlook because someone chose to make a slave film. Smh.

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