Decasia (2002)

Experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison created this non-narrative feature, which derives a large portion of its visual beauty from the physical nature of the film medium itself. Decasia is primarily compiled from a wealth of old and damaged… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Anita Gates
New York Times

Decasia is what has happened already to so many silent movies, newsreels and the like. The unexpected thing is that its dying, in this shower of black-and-white psychedelia, is quite beautiful.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's for those who like curio films.

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Jamie Russell

A mesmerising meditation on life, death and cinema that recalls the heyday of the 60s avant-garde.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The film is a fierce dance of destruction. Its flame-like, roiling black-and-white inspires trembling and gratitude.

Tony Rayns
Sight and Sound

By presenting images that are in advanced stages of decomposition Morrison is agitating in the most powerful way on behalf of the archives fighting to rescue their holdings from disintegration.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Simultaneously heartbreakingly beautiful and exquisitely sad.

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Bill Gibron

As a musical piece, it to convey mixed emotions within a very dissonant setting. But the film that goes along with it has a harder time selling its sense of self.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Like Brakhage, Morrison contemplates the nature of film itself and, like Conner, he conjures an apocalyptic vision. In Decasia's case, this comes from the deformation, which turns ordinary scenes into horror-movie spectacle. Of course, despite the formal

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Chris Gore
Film Threat

I'm sure the filmmaker would disagree, but, honestly, I don't see the point. It's a visual Rorschach test and I must have failed.

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Eric Broome
This film is much more interesting to read about than to actually sit through. At best, one might process it as sort of a Koyaaniqatsi-like head flick, where a… More
John Ballantine
Decasia is an interesting concept. Take a large batch of decayed film and play it with all the phantoms created through time with appropriate music. The music… More