Matewan is easily sayles’ worst film it’s also one of his only “bad” ones it’s also one of his only “bad” ones matewan isn’t that bad, of course (get to that in a second), it’s just propaganda. Its last line of dialogue, this is your lucky day, amigo, is not directed toward the amigo you're expecting but when you see to whom it is spoken, ask yourself what john sayles is trying to tell you with this ending. In addition to writing and directing the film, mr sayles also appears in a brief scene as a fire-breathing, red-baiting, fundamentalist preacher, which is about as close as ''matewan'' ever gets. This essay examines the movie matewan (1987), directed by john sayles, both as a fictional representation which interprets an actual historical event in interesting ways, and, since its release, as a powerful influence on the actual town of matewan, west virginia.
- matewan directed by john sayles john sayles illustrates a feudalistic society in 1920 in his film, matewan matewan is a mining town in west virginia dominated by the stone mountain cole company the company creates most of the labor opportunity in town, providing positions for unskilled laborers as miners. Matewan essays john sayles' matewan is a brilliant drama set detailing the conflict between coal miners and anti-union forces in 1920 though the movie is fictional, it is based squarely on the bitter and often bloody dispute that entrenched coal miners and operators against each other for mor. A 1987 drama film based on real-life events, written and directed by john sayles and starring chris cooper and james earl jones the year is 1921, and trouble is brewing in the town of matewan, west virginia: the workers have organized a labor union and walked out of the mine.
From john sayles's studio films to john sayles's independent films, this john sayles filmography keeps tabs on all john sayles movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top a list made up of movies like matewan and the brother from another planet. Find release information for matewan (1987) - john sayles on allmovie. In ``matewan,`` independent writer-director john sayles (``the return of the secaucus 7,`` ``the brother from another planet``) once again displays his dazzlingly good intentions and disappointingly. He has directed seventeen feature films, including matewan, lone star, and eight men out, and received a john steinbeck award, a john cassavetes award, a lifetime achievement award from the writer's guild of america, and two academy award nominations.
Matewan (1987), 132 minutes, was written and directed by john sayles, and is in current theatrical release in the united states leslie fishbein is treasurer of the historians film. A labor day special directed by john sayles/1987 “now, they got you fightin’ white against colored, native against foreign, hollow against hollow, when you know there ain’t but two sides to this world: them that work, and them that don’t. Matewan directed by: john sayles starring: mary mcdonnell, james earl jones, chris cooper, chris cooper genres: historical drama rated the #8 best film of 1987, and #760 in the greatest all-time movies (according to rym users.
Turns out that nero is set to play django once again and the film will be written and directed by john sayles (the brother from another planet, lone star, passion fish, matewan, eight men out and silver city. John thomas sayles (born september 28, 1950) is an american independent film director, screenwriter, editor, actor and novelist he has twice been nominated for the academy award for best original screenplay, for passion fish (1992) and lone star (1996) his film men with guns (1997) was nominated for the golden globe for best foreign language film his directorial debut, return of the. Tough-minded, serious matewan is a chapter of american life from history books written and directed by the always-surprising john sayles, it is an unflinching examination of a coal miners` strike.
In the hands of director john sayles, matewan offers a meditation on broad philosophical questions rarely confronted in american films: the possibility of interracial cooperation, the merits of violence and nonviolence in combating injustice, and the threat posed by concentrated economic power to american notions of political democracy and. John sayles , in full john thomas sayles (born sept 28, 1950, schenectady, ny, us), american motion-picture director, screenwriter, novelist, and actor who since. John sayles’s film matewan is a marvellous celebration of working class solidarity and courage in the face of the most brutal employers it focuses on the rank and file experience of the 1920 strike with the intention of inspiring similar solidarity and courage among the working class today. Matewan directed by john sayles john sayles illustrates a feudalistic society in 1920 in his film, matewan matewan is a mining town in west virginia dominated by the stone mountain cole company.
John sayles directs this fantastic film about coal miners in matewan, wvirginia 1920 chris cooper plays a union man who comes and tries to get the town to be ome a union, but the company men don't like it so they intervene. “matewan,” directed by john sayles, depicted a bloody chapter in the fight to organize coal miners in the 1920s, exploring themes of class struggle and pacifism in a style that evoked classic. It's really no surprise when john sayles shows up as a preacher in matewan, a mine-workers drama that becomes the filmmaker's sermon on the mount riddled with labor rhetoric, this coal-dusted. Filmmaker john sayles, producer maggie renzi to visit iwu john sayles march 4, 2015 bloomington, ill— influential independent filmmaker, screenwriter and author john sayles and his longtime collaborator maggie renzi will visit illinois wesleyan university march 25-26 to cap off a weeklong festival of their films.