Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976)
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Director Barbara Kopple's look at a 13-month coal miners' strike that took place between 1973 and 1974 in Harlan County, KY, is one of the great films about labor troubles, though not for a sense of objectivity. Kopple lived among the miners and their families off and on during the four years the entire story played out, and it's clear in every frame of the film that her sympathies lie with the miners and not their bosses at Eastover Mining, owned by Duke Power Company. Kopple's camera focuses
Oct 18, 1976 Wide
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Kopple's rather terrifying film rocked its minuscule audience and instantly became a cultural touchstone.
One of the finest documentaries ever made, Barbara Kopple's "Harlan County U.S.A." is a brilliant exposť about the embattled history of coal miners in America as seen through the very personal prism of striking coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky in 19
One of the better and more rousing labor strike films that calls attention to class war in America.
A seminal documentary about the complexity of American unionism, reflecting director Kopple's ideology, one that combines Old Left socialism with American populism
At its least it's an impassioned indictment of those who would exploit the powerless and at best a call to arms.
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