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by John Akomfrah

by John Akomfrah

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Anglo-Ghanaian film maker John Akomfrah's experimental documentary essay uses an abstract montage of archive material, landscape photography and literary reference to explore themes of immigration and identity. Structured as an allegorical fable and loosely inspired by existential science fiction, The Nine Muses is a stylised, unusual and idiosyncratic retelling of the history of mass migration to post-war Britain through the suggestive lens of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey

Divided into nine overlapping musical chapters and mixing a vast array of archival material, The Nine Muses is a modern recasting of Homer’s epic as a tone poem about journeys, migration, memory and the power of elegy.

The film deploys the ‘voices’ of a remarkable range of period and contemporary actors reading classical texts by Nietzsche, Dante, Shakespeare or Beckett, from John Barrymore to Richard Burton, Dermot Crowley, or Teresa Gallagher among others. The Nine Muses also offers a dizzying range of musical performances from Paul Robeson, Leontyne Price and India’s Gundecha Brothers, with a range of music by Arvo Pärt, Wagner as well as Schubert’s stunning Winterreise

The Nine Muses is a feast for the eyes and the ears, a virtuoso exercise in montage and sound.

Anglo-Ghanaian film maker John Akomfrah's experimental documentary essay uses an abstract montage of archive material, landscape photography and literary reference to explore themes of immigration and identity. Structured as an allegorical fable and loosely inspired by existential science fiction, The Nine Muses is a stylised, unusual and idiosyncratic retelling of the history of mass migration to post-war Britain through the suggestive lens of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey

Divided into nine overlapping musical chapters and mixing a vast array of archival material, The Nine Muses is a modern recasting of Homer’s epic as a tone poem about journeys, migration, memory and the power of elegy.

The film deploys the ‘voices’ of a remarkable range of period and contemporary actors reading classical texts by Nietzsche, Dante, Shakespeare or Beckett, from John Barrymore to Richard Burton, Dermot Crowley, or Teresa Gallagher among others. The Nine Muses also offers a dizzying range of musical performances from Paul Robeson, Leontyne Price and India’s Gundecha Brothers, with a range of music by Arvo Pärt, Wagner as well as Schubert’s stunning Winterreise

The Nine Muses is a feast for the eyes and the ears, a virtuoso exercise in montage and sound.

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SKU 5055159200349
Catalogue Number NW034
Product contents 1 disc
Year 2010 (DVD 2012)
Director Akomfrah, John
Format DVD
Publisher(s) New Wave Films
Countries UK
Colour Colour
Sound Sound
Language(s) English
Running time 92 min
DVD region 2
Certificate E

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