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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The debate about the realism and violence in ’12 Years a Slave’

While showered with acclaim and awards, “12 Years a Slave” (2 nights ago it won 2 Bafta Awards-ed) has been criticised on a couple of counts. Film critic Armond White called it “torture porn” and accused McQueen of turning slavery into a “horror show”, and of confusing history with brutality, violence and misery. Another critic lamented the absence