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  • Summary: The Miners' Hymns celebrates social, cultural, and political aspects of the extinct industry. Focusing on the Durham coalfield located in northeastern England, it depicts the hardship of pit work, the role of Trade Unions in organizing and fighting for workers' rights, the years of increased mechanization and the annual Miners' Gala in Durham. (Icarus Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Feb 8, 2012
    91
    In keeping with Jóhann Jóhannsson's score - alternately ominous, triumphant, and elegiac - The Miners' Hymns plays on the broader emotions of the subject. The film is all about the mysterious world down below, how camaraderie turned to conflict, and the nagging feeling of loss.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Feb 7, 2012
    80
    It speaks eloquently about the disappearance of most any indigenous working-class culture.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Feb 10, 2012
    80
    Morrison sometimes slows down imagery to a hypnotic, frame-by-frame trance-like state; one can imagine townsfolk scrutinizing the faces of long-dead relatives magically raised.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Feb 6, 2012
    75
    A study of the this former mining region in both its de-industralized present and its past state as an active coalfield, The Miners' Hymns arranges its two parts as a set of binary oppositions.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Feb 7, 2012
    70
    An elegant, elegiac found-footage work from Bill Morrison, best known for his silent-film reverie "Decasia."
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Feb 7, 2012
    60
    Miners' is tiresome and scattershot.