The Miners' Hymns
The Miners' Hymns (2012)

The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Their story is told entirely without words, yet the film is far from silent: it features a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 8, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
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Noel Murray
AV Club

Morrison sketches a portrait of a vanished way of life for one Northeast England community, along with an explanation of sorts for why it disappeared.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

There are some mesmerizing images of the soot-covered miners at work and of children at play on a coal-strewn seashore.

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Nora Lee Mandel

Imaginatively re-purposes archival footage in collaboration with Johannsson's stirring score. . . to bring back the proud miners like ghosts . . .of labor's heritage.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

A look at ill-fated mining communities in northern England.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

It speaks eloquently about the disappearance of most any indigenous working-class culture.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Found-footage work by filmmaker Bill Morrison matches archival scenes of miners in North England to a new musical score.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

An elegant, elegiac found-footage work from Bill Morrison, best known for his silent-film reverie "Decasia."

Jennifer Merin

Filmmaker Bill Morrison mined the archives of the British Film Institute for found footage for this poetic and haunting impressionistic study about coal mining in England.

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

In contrast to the vast, impersonal sweep of the contemporary footage, the archival material, some of which dates back over 100 years, is eerily intimate.

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