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'12 Years a Slave' has meant sacrifice and rewards for director Steve McQueen
'12 Years a Slave' has meant sacrifice and rewards for director Steve McQueen

Not long after Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last August, a friend cautioned the British director that his movie was "more important than you." It turned out to be far truer than anyone, including McQueen, might have guessed. Nearly half a year after McQueen's searing retelling of the 1841 enslavement of Solomon Northup was first shown to moviegoers, "12 Years a Slave" remains the year's hot button movie, with McQueen the thoughtful and sometimes stubborn voice at the center of the conversation. "I feel I have to be the spokesman for the movie, and I feel I have to put myself out...

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