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Sex, Shame, and Addiction with Steve McQueen


This event is sold out, but some tickets may be available at the door. Names will be added to a waiting list one hour before the start of the event at the Museum.

Dir. Steve McQueen. 2011, 101 mins. With Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan. Michael Fassbender (Hunger) is Brandon, a handsome and successful New Yorker who spends his days and nights navigating the reckless terrain of sexual obsession, on an inevitable path towards self-destruction. Surrounded by a constant assault of beauty, glamour, and desire, he finds himself at a crossroads when his wayward sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) comes to crash at his sleek Manhattan apartment. As Brandon struggles to deal with his life of excess, his constant quest for numbness is an escape from both his present and his past. Shame provides a cinematically stunning snapshot of information-age disillusionment, and the struggle for human connection.

It is a strikingly contemporary film that fits into a tradition of such boundary-breaking urban dramas as Midnight Cowboy, Last Tango in Paris, and Klute. Before the screening of Shame, Chief Curator David Schwartz will present a ten-minute selection of scenes from these earlier films. Steve McQueen will participate in a Pinewood Dialogue after the preview screening of Shame, which is made possible courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

Tickets are free, and available for Museum members only. Call 718 777 6800 or email the Museum for your ticket. For more information about becoming a member, please click here.