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The Nine Muses DVD

Twenty-five years after the end of the Trojan War, Odysseus still has not returned home. So his son, Telemachus, sets off an epic journey in search of his lost father.
 
So begins Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey - the most revered of ancient epic poems and narrative reference point for John Akomfrah’s unusual and genre defying story about chance, fate and redemption. Structured as an allegorical fable and loosely inspired by existential science fiction, The Nine Muses is a stylized, unusual and idiosyncratic retelling of the history of mass migration to post war Britain through the suggestive lens of the Homeric epic. Divided into nine overlapping musical chapters and mixing a vast array of archival material with shot scenes from the United States and the United Kingdom, The Nine Muses is a modern recasting of Homer’s epic as a ‘song cycle’ on journeys, on migration, on memory and the power of elegy.
 
Devised and scripted from the writings of an array of authors including Dante Alighieri, Samuel Beckett, Emily Dickinson, James Joyce, John Milton, Friedrich Nietzsche, William Shakespeare, Sophocles and Dylan Thomas, The Nine Muses is a set of imaginary journeys through myth, Folklore, history and a museum of intangible things.

Set between 1949 and 1970 and seamlessly weaving multiple ‘sayings’ from an equally diverse range of writers including Matsuo Basho, TS Eliot, Li Po and Rabindranath Tagore, The Nine Muses unfolds as a coherent and utterly absorbing meditation on a journey towards self-discovery , a ‘sorrow song’ on a quest for knowledge and identity.
Directed by: John Akomfrah
Produced by: Lina Gopaul, David Lawson

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92 mins
RUNNING TIME
E (Exempt)
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2
REGION
16:9
ASPECT RATIO
English
LANGUAGE
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Chiasmus - interview with John Akomfrah
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"Immersive and inspirational"
Empire


"Beguiling and moving"
The Independent


"Haunting and hugely distinctive"
The Independent on Sunday
 
"Highly engrossing cinepoem…there’s no denying the dazzling beauty of the piece.”
Geoff Andrew, Time Out
 
"Spellbinding...phenomenally rich...profoundly moving”
Sight and Sound

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