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In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
On location, shooting in Louisiana took only thirty-five days with one camera, which prompted amazed laughter from an audience of Directors Guild peers, including interviewer Kathryn Bigelow, for the startlingly efficient direction of Steve McQueen.
Alright now, y'all fresh niggers. Y'all gonna be in the cuttin' gang.
When Solomon Northup was playing the violin in the early scenes, the violin strings were made from synthetic material. The material at the time would have been catgut.
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