Doc Lisboa. Do I really have to consider big a movie that disregards its found footage with a permanently annoying and invasive music? In which any still it's shown with digital in and out zooms- disregarding Straub and Huillet's lesson in "Une Visite au Louvre"? With a supporting narrative as an unique possibility of inserting the found images? With image effects underlining the patina of time? No, that's my answer.
It's amazing how everything comes together as if it was a great epic movie, in which the "characters" intersect and change paths several times, affecting the historical route of the town and the sad fate of the hundreds of silent film reels, spread by various places, and that tell so many things about the reality of that time. A poetic experience of History, Sociology and, of course, Cinema.
Everything I love about Morrison films; in ecstatic synthesis. Eg embodied theoretical explorations of time, via the elegant formalism carrying the narrative (which itself is captivating, & turns on similar themes). Or embodied qualities of flicker & decay; hypnotic & visceral, eg via brilliant sound (itself calibrated to the decay) Unf! I didn't watch so much as commune w/ the film. Left elated. Deeply satisfying.
4.5 I went into this blindly, expecting another montage of found footage with score. What's delivered is somewhat of a breakthrough- a documentary in a more conventional sense, in that it conveys with text and photos- but Bill also often uses sequences from the unearthed archive to illustrate the historical narratives at hand. Fascinating, incredibly informative, and, as always, visually immersive; not to be missed.