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The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania (2005)

In this documentary, Sarah Rush takes us back to the coal-mining town of her youth -- Carmichaels, Penn., population: 556. At the 50th anniversary of the Coal Queen Pageant in August 2003, ... See full summary »

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In this documentary, Sarah Rush takes us back to the coal-mining town of her youth -- Carmichaels, Penn., population: 556. At the 50th anniversary of the Coal Queen Pageant in August 2003, we're introduced to 14 young ladies who are vying for the coveted crown. Written by Raveen87

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Terrible
29 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Look, I rarely take the trouble to comment on things but I feel someone has to be the voice of reason here. This documentary is the worst kind of insidious, condescending, patronizing garbage. To show the people in this community as these dirt-kicking, adorable clods is pulling the wool over everyone's eyes. This makes small town America look like sweet but dopey little cousins - which these townspeople are not. I suspect the coal miners and some of the more colorful residents are actually much more interesting than the narrator, with her infuriatingly cutesy big eyed and giggling reactions to ANYTHING, lets on. This could have been an interesting subject. It could have used a traditional pageant to show a way of life that most of us don't even know exists, even though it may be the backbone of the nation. Instead, through what I can only imagine is the filmmakers sense of "helping out the little people", this is a subtle insult to all of rural America. Whether or not anyone else realizes it yet.


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