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.