Harlan County U.S.A

Harlan County U.S.A

DVD - 2006
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Chronicles the 1973 Harlan County, Kentucky coal miners' strike against the operators of the Brookside mine and the Duke Power Company, which resulted from the company's refusal to honor the national contract of the United Mine Workers of America when the miners joined the union.
Publisher: [New York?] : Criterion Collection, [2006]
Edition: Special edition.
ISBN: 9780780030169
0780030168
Branch Call Number: 331.89 HARLAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
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video file,DVD video,region 1,rda

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mackiecat
Oct 08, 2018

This was the labor documentary with Appalachian music that started them all.

We saw this when it came out, and we were all bowled over by it.

I seem to remember a more upbeat ending than this editing shows.

This is not a great copy. Its sound is muffled, there aren't any subtitles, and it is zoomed in and dark a great deal of the time.

But the main point gets across, and if you can make allowances for the quality of the copy, this is one to see.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 21, 2014

There have been quite a few political/socially engage political documentaries in the past decade, but few have the power and impact of Barbara Kopple's Oscar-winning film about a miner's strike in Kentucky. Michael Moore set an unfortunate precedent by choosing worthy subjects (9/11, gun control, corporations), but making himself the real star. This is a textbook example in how to let a people tell the story themselves with minimal director interference. There is truly some unbelievable footage here, from the crushing poverty the people live in to the violence of the strike breakers, who take a shot at the strikers and the camera crew. It will anger and inspire you, as the best docs should. I was originally inspired to watch this because the show "Justified" is set in Harlan County. This special edition includes a short making of documentary, an interview with John Sayles, an interview with one of the musicians featured on the excellent soundtrack and a Sundance anniversary of the film.

eve373 Jun 13, 2012

Loved the opening scenes showing the mine workers laying down on a conveyor belt, with their lunch pails between their legs, entering the mines.
I took in every scene with a new awareness of what goes on in mining towns.

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