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Harlan County USA

Barbara Kopple

 
Harlan County USA (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1976
  • 103 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
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  • Spine #334

Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award–winning Harlan County USA unflinchingly documents a grueling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, Kopple and her crew captured the miners’ sometimes violent struggles with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs. Featuring a haunting soundtrack—with legendary country and bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens, Merle Travis, Sarah Gunning, and Florence Reece—the film is a heartbreaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line.

Cast

Credits

DirectorBarbara Kopple
ProducerBarbara Kopple
EditingNancy Baker
Associate directorAnne Lewis
Principal cinematographerHart Perry
CinematographyKevin Keating
SoundBarbara Kopple

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director-producer Barbara Kopple
  • Audio commentary by Kopple and editor Nancy Baker
  • The Making of “Harlan County, USA,” a new documentary featuring interviews with Kopple, crew members and strike participants featured in the film
  • New video interview with legendary bluegrass singer-songwriter Hazel Dickens
  • Never-before-seen outtakes from the film
  • New video interview with director John Sayles
  • A panel discussion from the 2005 Sundance Film Festival featuring Kopple and Roger Ebert
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • New essays by film scholar Paul Arthur and music journalist Jon Weisberger

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Harlan County USA: No Neutrals There

By Paul ArthurMay 22, 2006

The current popularity and cultural importance of documentaries would have been inconceivable . . . Read more »

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November 19, 2010

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Film Essays

Harlan County USA: No Neutrals There

By Paul ArthurMay 22, 2006

The current popularity and cultural importance of documentaries would have been inconceivable . . . Read more »