Steve McQueen: The Power of Cinema


Hunger. Shame. 12 Years a Slave. The films of Steve McQueen are uncompromising in their subject matter and captivating in their use of cinema’s unique language. A director who elevates film into a means for the expression of the human condition, there is no denying of McQueen’s alluring ability to shed light on cinema as art.

Steve McQueen embodies the filmmaker who takes risks and understands  how mystery and poetry can merge with cinema’s capacity for reality to bring forth emotional films that will certainly withstand the test of time. Great art surpasses the devastation of time, and McQueen’s devastating but beautiful films share this quality: they are unforgettable. For all the accolades the filmmaker receives and doesn’t, Steve McQueen will remain a fundamental figure in film history and in the hearts of many for whom filmmaking is as devastating and beautiful as his films and as essential as them as well.

Film is important; it can be more than reportage or a novel—it creates images people have never seen before, never imagined they’d see, maybe because they needed someone else to imagine them.

Steve McQueen

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