Coal Face

Coal Face

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Script: Alberto Cavalcanti
Photography: found footage
Editing: William Coldstream
Sound: Alberto Cavalcanti, Stuart Legg
Music: Benjamin Britten
Actors, social actors: W. H. Auden, Montagu Slater
Color: Black and white
Language: English
Synopsis

An exploration of miners’ living conditions and the mining industry of interwar Britain, composed in powerful images and using modernist editing. The film’s rhythmic structure and experimentation with sound combine to create an unsettling movie whose critical commentary presents an unemotional report on the work of miners. Numbers, the movement of people and machines, music, shouts and noises. Cavalcanti’s socio-critical film is an important representative of the poetic branch of the British Documentary School.

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Festival edition: 2012
Sections: Translucent Being Alberto Cavalcanti
Exhibition format: 35 mm
Subtitle languages: No Subtitles
Simultaneous interpreting: cz

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