The Nine Muses

The Nine Muses

Divided into nine overlapping musical chapters and mixing a vast array of archival material with original shot scenes from the United Kingdom ... The Nine Muses is a modern recasting of Homer’s epic as a ‘song cycle’ on journeys, on migration, on memory and the power of elegy. 3.1 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
The Nine Muses

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Genre Documentary, History
Director John Akomfrah
Cast .
Studio New Wave Films
Release Date January 2012
Running Time 90 mins
 

Divided into nine overlapping musical chapters and mixing a vast array of archival material with original shot scenes from the United Kingdom ... The Nine Muses is a modern recasting of Homer’s epic as a ‘song cycle’ on journeys, on migration, on memory and the power of elegy.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

David Parkinson

A stylish exercise in structuralism that succeeds in being cerebral, cinematic and accessible, this is an immersive experience that proclaims its literacy and technical mastery with laudable modesty.

16/01/2012

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The Evening Standard

The Evening Standard

Quoting The Odyssey, and also Dante, Shakespeare, Joyce and Beckett, the film makes the immigrant experience seem fresh again as part of something wider than just British political, social and cultural history.

20/01/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

It is worth watching alone for the faces of children and adults just arrived in the country, bemused yet hopeful – these are Akomfrah's fantastic discovery, and the centrepiece of his haunting meditation.

20/01/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

A handsome, restful, thought-provoking film.

22/01/2012

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Much of this is majestic. But a thought kept fidgeting in my head. Do we need quite so many dead white males singing the tragedies and trials of the black experience? ... White society is blamed for a lot in this film. But apparently it still has the last word on culture and history, white or black.

19/01/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

A thoughtful cine-essay.

19/01/2012

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Time Out

Geoff Andrew

Rather perfunctorily imposed, and the choice of some of the quotations is a little predictable, but there’s no denying the dazzling beauty of the piece nor its import as a salutary reminder of how things were for immigrants to Britain not so very long ago.

17/01/2012

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The Times

Wendy Ide

In turns hauntingly beautiful, maddeningly pretentious and curiously moving, this is film-making at the farthest reaches of the art house spectrum.

20/01/2012

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Total Film

Tom Dawson

A demanding, high-brow watch, yet ably conveys the rootlessness and dislocation of the immigrant experience.

06/01/2012

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The Independent on Sunday

Jonathon Romney

On one level, it's clear what The Nine Muses is about: migration as real historical experience and broader mythical idea. But exactly how the film expands on its theme is something for the viewer to unpick. It's hard to get to grips with Akomfrah's elusive, allusive film.

22/01/2012

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

Just a highbrow relaxation video.

22/01/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

The problem — perhaps we should say the challenge — is how little the literary sources seem to emanate from these stranded nomads ... It’s as if Akomfrah is trying to make mythological connections and undo or deny them at the same time — an alienating and misguided strategy.

20/01/2012

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