Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League's New York

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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 central instrument of our time." Featuring little-known examples of the work of fifty of the Photo League's leading photographers and supplemented with interviews with still feisty (and active) League veterans, the film features a captivating, period musical score and an incisive narration read by Campbell Scott. Ordinary Miracles is a tribute to the high purpose of photography, a remarkable group and an unmatched panorama of urban life in the neighborhoods of New York City during the 1930's and 40's. -- (C) Official Site

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

    Jun 22, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 21, 2012 | Rating: 3/5
  • Ordinary Miracles offers a breezy and informative overview of the legendary photographic collective known as the Photo League.

    Jun 19, 2012
  • Campbell Scott's strong narration (well-written by Allentuck) and fun vintage musical selections effectively round out this provocative portrait.

    Jun 15, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 2, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • Nina Rosenblum's love letter never attains that essence of ambiguity that makes the best nonfiction films live on after the credits fade.

    Jun 21, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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