Thursday, October 29

Decasia - Bill Morrison (2002)

"... Bill Morrison's Decasia is that rare thing: a movie with avant-garde and universal appeal, occasioning two separate features so far in The New York Times. Morrison is not the first artist to take decomposing film stock as his raw material, but he plunges into this dark nitrate of the soul with contagious abandon. Few movies are so much fun to describe. Heralded by a spinning dervish, Decasia's first movement seems culled from century-old actualités: Kimono-clad women emerge from a veil of spotty mold, a caravan of camels is silhouetted against the warped desert horizon, a Greek dancer disintegrates into a blotch barrage, the cars for an ancient Luna Park ride repeatedly materialize out of seething chaos. Decasia is founded on the tension between the hard fact of film's stained, eroded, unstable surface and the fragile nature of that which was once photographically represented. ..."
Voice: J. Hoberman
W - Decasia
NY Times: Symphony of Compositions From Decomposition
"Decasia" named to 2013 National Film Registry (Video)
MoMA: Bill Morrison: Old Films, Contemporary Music, Timeless Themes
YouTube: Decasia excerpt 1, Decasia excerpt 2, Decasia: Excerpt Three
vimeo: Bill Morrison: The film archaeologist