The Great Flood
The Great Flood (2014)

The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its earthen embankments in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles. Part of its legacy was the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 20, 2014
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Having taken the flood out of time, Morrison plants it firmly in space - or as firm as any dreamscape can be. He's made a sort of travelog, and it's destination is inundation.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The damage gives the images an appropriately mud-spattered, post-disaster appearance; sometimes the splotchy, jumpy degradation transforms these smalltown flood scenes into abstract animated splatter paintings.

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Paul de Barros
Seattle Times

Somehow it feels wrong to enjoy a story about so much suffering.

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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com

The movie on its own would have been nice, but with this music it's sublime.

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Nathalie Atkinson
National Post

The footage itself isn't always well-preserved but director Bill Morrison incorporates it into the overall effect.

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

Destined for a long life in museums and history classes alike, this is cinema as art, and a classic.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

A striking experiment in music and moviemaking.

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Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

Brief title cards orient the viewer to the history, but the moving combination of sound and image ends up being more profound than any explanatory narration could ever be.

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