The Nine Muses (2011)



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Part documentary, part personal essay, this experimental film combines archive imagery with the striking wintry landscapes of Alaska to tell the story of immigrant experience coming into the UK from 1960 onwards.

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

A fragmented but highly engrossing cinepoem on the related subjects of migration and exile, isolation and memory.

Jan 17, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Themes don't develop so much as they endlessly repeat, nor do they gain much through extended duration. It fails to engage either the intellect or the senses.

Oct 5, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The result is not without beauty, though at a certain point, one begins to notice that each new muse rather resembles the previous, a uniformity that restrains the film from true symphonic swell.

Oct 4, 2011 | Full Review…

Nine Muses is clearly the work of a talented filmmaker, and there are many moments to beguile the ears as well as the eyes. Yet it's a long slog through a few thousand years of myth and history, and most viewers are likely to grow impatient.

Feb 8, 2011 | Full Review…

Akomfrah's use of literary touchstones seems fresh, renewed and wholly comprehensible when combined with the archival images they accompany.

Dec 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Nine Muses is a beautiful, elegiac cinematic poem that demonstrates a highly inventive and singular approach to the treatment archive footage.

Aug 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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