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Decasia 2002 NR

3.7 out of 5 stars (3) IMDb 7.3/10

A legendary non-narrative, cinematic exploration of the beauty of decaying archival footage by experimental film artist Bill Morrison.

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Bill Morrison, Michael Gordon
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1 hour, 6 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Bill Morrison
Starring Bill Morrison, Michael Gordon
Studio Icarus Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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I saw this at the Walker Art Center a few months ago when Bill Morrison was here in Minneapolis and I was intrigued. Having lived in Columbia, SC before moving to Minnesota, I knew vaguely of the film collection at the University of SC that he used to create this film so it was a sort of homecoming for me.

During the movie, I found myself agitated, yet also at peace and dozing off at times. Very strange, and I found myself in love with this movie so I purchased it on Blu-Ray when I had a chance.
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Bill Morrison composed Decasia (2002) as a decomposing homage to Fantasia (1940). Far from being a pedestrian imitation (i.e. Fantasia 2000), Morrison's film is an astonishingly unique cinematic experience: a diaphanous visual collage juxtaposed to the music of composer Michael Gordon.

There is a breed of minimalistic new age composers espousing a play-it-safe spirituality. Gordon is not among them. He is a one of a handful of authentic, spiritually challenging voices in 21st century artmusic. Gordon's rich use of dissonance and atonal language puts him shoulder to shoulder with the likes of such 20th century artists as Luigi Nono and John Coltrane. Gordon's "Decasia," composed for the Basel Sinfonietta, is called a "symphony," and is a response of sorts for those who (often correctly) believe that the symphony, as an art form, was extended to its death in the works of Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler. Some would argue that Gordon's opus, a continuous movement utilizing synthesizer and electric guitar together with full orchestra, does not fit the symphonic criteria. But then, neither did Roy Harris' iconic work. Like Coltrane's "Ascension," Decasia is a demanding journey. Gordon previously came to prominence with his intimately provocative psychological opera "Alarm Will Sound." Based on Vincent Van Gogh's letters to his brother Theo regarding the ear lobe cutting incident, it is desolate and suffocatingly beautiful. "Decasia" is a further development of that aesthetic, moving beyond words to the tragedy of silence, making Morrison a quintessential collaborator.

As new opera directors rethink old chestnuts, so too does Morrison rethink Walt's innovative concert program of film imagery wedded to music.
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The first 5 minutes were ok; then I started expecting something to happen. Nothing ever happened. Nothing. Also, the music was annoying.
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