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directed by John Akomfrah
UK 2010


Filmmaker John Akomfrah directed this impressionistic, semi-documentary examination of the journey of African, Caribbean... and Asian exiles into the United Kingdom. The Nine Muses combines archival footage of the arrival of immigrants into Britain and the often difficult integration into the mainstream of English culture with symbolic sequences shot in Alaska in which three figures wander through the frozen wastes but never meet, and scenes in which emigrants wander abandoned industrial districts in England. The film also uses the nine muses of Greek mythology as a recurring metaphor, also incorporating the works of Homer with readings of the works of great British writers from Williams Shakespeare to Dylan Thomas. The Nine Muses received its American premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.


Theatrical Release: 7 October 2011 (USA)

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DVD Review: Icarus Films - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Icarus Films

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:36:09

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.47 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Icarus Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• SEVEN SONGS FOR MALCOLM X short film (4:3; 52:18)
• THE LAST ANGEL OF HISTORY short film (4:3; 45:02) - see below

DVD Release Date: June 19th, 2012

Chapters 10



Icarus' single-layer encoding does not entirely hamper the film's ravishing visuals - a mix of HD footage with archival film elements - with its interlaced transfer (although it does upscale poorly). The 2.0 Dolby Digital track nicely renders the scoring and narration; however the UK disc featured a Dolby Digital 5.1 track.

Other than the two shorts on disc 2, there are absolutely no extras (Icarus could at least have provided a liner notes booklet with background on the director, as they did with their otherwise barebones 2-disc set of Robert Kramer's MILESTONES [co-directed by John Douglas] and ICE).

  - Eric Cotenas


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