Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League's New York
Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League's New York (2012)

Ordinary Miracles is the story of the Photo League (1936-1951), which for fifteen years was the center of the documentary movement in American photography at a time when the camera was held to be, in James Agee's words, "the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 22, 2012
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

"Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League's New York" provides a fascinating tour of the city's past.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Campbell Scott's strong narration (well-written by Allentuck) and fun vintage musical selections effectively round out this provocative portrait.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Interesting documentary about a wonderful group of idealists with cameras.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

It's a great, often inspiring story - even if it's not as thrilling as it might have been in a different, more developed and longer feature.

Nora Lee Mandel
Maven's Nest

Fond, visually rich doc showcases striking images of New Yorkers in the 1930's - 1940's, and admiringly informs about the committed, enthusiastic artists behind the cameras.

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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice

Ordinary Miracles offers a breezy and informative overview of the legendary photographic collective known as the Photo League.

Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

Nina Rosenblum's love letter never attains that essence of ambiguity that makes the best nonfiction films live on after the credits fade.

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