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Sundance Trailer and Poster Exclusive: The Nine Muses

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 21, 2011 at 12:33AM

I've always been a sucker for classical mythology; here's an exclusive poster and trailer for The Nine Muses, which played Venice and London (here's a review); it screens Friday morning at Sundance.
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Thompson on Hollywood

I've always been a sucker for classical mythology; here's an exclusive poster and trailer for The Nine Muses, which played Venice and London (here's a review); it screens Friday morning at Sundance.

John Akomfrah’s documentary essay (which is an expansion of the art installation Mnemosyne at the public gallery in West Bromwich) uses Homer's Odyssey--about Odysseus's long voyage home after the Trojan War--as an a allegorical sci-fi fable about the history of mass migration to postwar Britain. The filmmaker divides the movie into nine overlapping musical chapters, using archival material and the writings of such Masters as Dante, Samuel Beckett, Emily Dickinson and James Joyce. It's hard to describe: see the footage below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.