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Decasia (2002)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 3 October 2003 (UK)
A meditation on the human quest to transcend physicality, constructed from decaying archival footage and set to an original symphonic score.

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Bill Morrison

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Bill Morrison
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Credited cast:
Tsuru Aoki ... Geisha (archive footage)
Julia Calhoun ... Old Angry Woman (archive footage)
Margaret Cullington Margaret Cullington ... Maggie Jiggs (archive footage)
William S. Hart ... Cowboy (archive footage)
Eddie Lyons ... Laughing Clerk (archive footage)
Marc McDermott ... Judge (archive footage)
Mary Pickford ... (archive footage)
Willie Ritchie ... Boxer (archive footage)
Pearl White ... Laughing Woman (archive footage)
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Black and white stock footage, much of it scratched or blistered, illustrates a Michael Gordon symphony. A whirling dervish, couples laughing, a soldier trying to take advantage of a flower vendor, a camel caravan moving across the horizon, a single plane and then others, paratroopers in the sky, a mining disaster, a pugilist, nuns and children at a school - some images last a few seconds, others for a minute or more. The scratches, blisters, and bygone look of the footage suggest time's passage. Only the dervish, who begins and ends the film, is intact. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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USA

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3 October 2003 (UK) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.33 : 1
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Selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry in December 2013. It was the earliest film from the 21st century to be preserved until Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000) broke its record. See more »

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Features The Bells (1926) See more »

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What a feast for the eyes!!!
29 August 2004 | by jd3prodSee all my reviews

I have seen a few films regarding the decay of old film stocks, but this one really brings out the beauty of such images. The slow moving images presented with this progressive avante-garde soundtrack brought back memories of the old school industrial musical movement of the late 70s and early 80s. But when it continues onwards to the scene of the Geisha girl lost in a soup of decay and stains and the music rose with its intensity I felt as if I was witnessing wonderfully horrific. I could actually feel my heart beginning to race with the onslaught of the images and sounds mixing together, moving faster and becoming more agitated and excited.

I recommend anyone looking for the modern "art" in films to give this one a try.


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