May 27, 2017

“Shame” poster invites us into Michael Fassbender’s bed – AWARDS ALLEY


Hollywoodnews.com: Simple. Suggestive. A little misleading.

Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” which is impressing critics at the New York Film Festival this week, has a brand new teaser poster. It show’s Michael Fassbender’s rumpled bed sheets, which makes sense on the surface, as McQueen’s drama probes the psyche of a Manhattan-based sex addict.

If you’ve seen “Shame,” though, you know that Fassbender’s Brandon hardly ever has sex in his bed. An alleyway? Sure. In front of his laptop? All the time. But in a crisp, clean bed? I can’t seem to recall.

I’ll have to check it out again now that Fox Searchlight has announced a Dec. 2 release date. “Shame” plays NYFF Friday, Oct. 7, so expect the Internet to erupt with reaction and discussion in the coming hours.

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One Comment

  • October 7, 2011 | Permalink |

    I’m not sure the bed in the poster relates to sex. I think the meaning is intimacy. And the teaser poster lacks the movie’s most striking feature, that’s its protagonist. I think this is deliberate and sure it evokes something powerful. I saw the movie at the Venice Film Festival and I was completely blown away. If you love movies for grown ups (as in mature and complex), go and watch Shame when it opens.

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