The Great Flood
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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 forced exodus of displaced sharecroppers, who left plantation life and migrated to Northern cities, adapting to an industrial society with its own set of challenges. Musically, the Great Migration fueled the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands that thrived in cities like Memphis, Detroit and Chicago becoming the wellspring for R&B and rock as… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The Great Flood works as a wordless narrative of human endurance."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Somehow it feels wrong to enjoy a story about so much suffering."
‑ Paul de Barros, Seattle Times
"The movie on its own would have been nice, but with this music it's sublime."
‑ Jordan Hoffman,
"The footage itself isn't always well-preserved but director Bill Morrison incorporates it into the overall effect."
‑ Nathalie Atkinson, National Post
"Even in comparatively conventional mode, Bill Morrison's work still benefits from the poetic potential of nature's repossession of its own elements."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Destined for a long life in museums and history classes alike, this is cinema as art, and a classic."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"A striking experiment in music and moviemaking."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"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."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
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