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A Day in the Life of a Coal Miner (1910)

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A coal miner says good-bye to his wife and children, and heads off to work. He reaches the mine, prepares his lamp, and then descends into the mine along with some other workers. As he and ... See full summary »
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A coal miner says good-bye to his wife and children, and heads off to work. He reaches the mine, prepares his lamp, and then descends into the mine along with some other workers. As he and the others work inside the mine, the coal is sent to the surface, where others at the mining site are ready to process the coal and to prepare it for shipping. Written by Snow Leopard

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Reasonably interesting as a look at a working mine from a century ago then but probably more valuable as a piece of cinema history in the UK
21 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film starts with a miner saying goodbye to his wife and kids and heading off to the coalmine for his day's work. It ends with him returning to that same home and sitting in front of a real coal fire. In between we follow the process of mining coal for him as he prepares his gear and goes down the pit. An early example of a reality documentary, this film shows us what it was like back in 1910 to work down the mines. As such it is reasonably interesting just for the generational clash of seeing the men working on hands and knees, shirtless and with no PPE.

This probably isn't enough to hold all viewers though because the subject is not that interesting but what does make it of more value is to look at the quality of the film making and then remind yourself that this was over a century ago. The framing is good but more impressive is the camera work and lighting outside the pit and actually below ground as well. I'm sure it was very challenging to get these shots but they look so natural and easy.

Reasonably interesting as a look at a working mine from a century ago then but probably more valuable as a piece of cinema history in the UK.


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