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The Great Flood

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(2012) dir Bill Morrison w/score by Bill Frisell [80 min; DCP]
The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. The river broke out of its earthen embankments in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles. Part of its legacy was the forced exodus of displaced sharecroppers, who left plantation life and migrated to Northern cities. Musically, this great migration fueled the evolution of blues bands that thrived in cities like Memphis, Detroit and Chicago becoming the wellspring for R&B and rock, as well as developing jazz styles.

THE GREAT FLOOD is a remarkable collaboration between filmmaker Bill Morrison (Decasia) and guitarist/composer Bill Frisell inspired by the 1927 catastrophe. With an eye for beautiful decay, Morrison scoured film archives for footage of the Mississippi River Flood. The bubbles and washes of the decaying footage he found symbolize the destructive force of rising water; the filmstock seeming to have been bathed in the same water as the images depicted on it.

“Critic’s Pick! Visual poetry, sublime.” – The New York Times

“There co-exists here both rapture and melancholy, beauty and bathos.” – Sight & Sound

“This is cinema as art, and a classic.” – LA Weekly

“By turns hypnotic, playful, wildly evocative and even a bit trippy. But most of all it’s a unique, highly immersing audio-visual experience that would be as at home in a museum as it is in a movie theater — and that’s a first-order compliment.” – Los Angeles Times

“Morrison and Frisell infuse the film with warmth and, where appropriate, a touch of wit, causing its subject to breathe anew.” – Time Out New York

“New Sounds: Scoring Bill Morrison”, from WNYC Public Radio

“Great Songs About The Great Flood”, from WNYC Public Radio


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