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The Great Flood 2014 NR

3.8 out of 5 stars (17) IMDb 7.1/10

Multimedia artist Bill Morrison and composer Bill Frisell explore the catastrophic Mississippi River Flood of 1927, and the ensuing transformation of American society.

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Bill Morrison, Bill Frisell
Runtime:
1 hour, 18 minutes

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Genres Music, Documentary
Director Bill Morrison
Starring Bill Morrison, Bill Frisell
Supporting actors Ron Miles, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen
Studio Icarus Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Though you'd be underestimating the quality of the documentary, as well as creativity if not originality of this musical cinematic presentation (not the first time broadly similar projects, if rare, have been produced). And for most, this DVD -- I purchased the HD streaming version, as inexplicably no blu-ray is available, despite it's being the format this project deserves -- will be the only opportunity to view the film or listen to one of the best musical compositions from Frisell in some time. Should attract and appeal to more sophisticated cineasts and audiophiles, especially fans of Morrison's previous media projects, Bill Frisell and/or contemporary jazz.

To date, no separate soundtrack is available, nor is one apparently planned.
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Stellar music! Powerful images! I highly recommend this extraordinary work. My mother at age 7 lived through this great calamity. She was evacuated by steamboat from Greenville to Vicksburg. When she saw the footage today at age 93 showing evacuees on the dock in Vicksburg, she cried.
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I'd probably give it a split review of 4/3: 4 because it's an innovative use of period film (yes, from 1927) and the music is very enjoyable; 3 stars b/c I won't be watching it a lot. There is no voice-over to tell you about the flood and the fallout, although there are occasional black screens with section titles and a little writing. But being a Frisell fan this was very much worth it.
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I was fortunate to see this performed live at Duke University, with the musicians on stage and the film projected behind them, and it was spellbinding. I was thrilled to see it come out on DVD, and bought it immediately. I admit I've only watched the film again once since then, but I listen to the soundtrack at least once a week - it's that good. As one of the other reviewers noted, this is worth it for the music alone - it's a mix of melancholy and joy, and can be both calming and exiting at different times. If you are a fan of Bill Frisell, or just jazz and blues more generally, pick this up. As other reviewers note, the film is not a documentary - it's clips of archival film footage set to music, vignettes that, alongside the music, make you feel like you were there by the river when the flood happened, or that the events of those days are appearing to you in a dream or distant memory.
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Breathtaking and sad, eloquently presented. Beautifully weaves vintage video with vintage photographs. No speech, title pages and music only: very effective.
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We are big fans of both Bill Frisell and Ron Miles, but we were disappointed with this film. There just wasn't enough context and information about what was being shown, and the very long scene with images from the Sears Catalog was unnecessary, and almost impossible to watch. We enjoyed the historical footage, but I really can't recommend this film to anyone.
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love this amazing movie--I had never heard of the mississippi flood of 1927 until i saw this film, and now i'm fascinated. it displaced a million americans!
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Great artistry from Bill Frisell
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