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304 Ratings


Directed by Bill Morrison
United States, 2002


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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Decasia Directed by Bill Morrison

Critics reviews

Decasia represented an epiphany of sorts: an epic-scale assemblage of disparate material unified both by Michael Gordon’s quasi-symphonic score and by the foregrounding of nitrate damage. You couldn’t isolate or define an overall meaning, but the beautiful terrible decay somehow meshes with the innate poignancy of old film images… to create a powerful awareness of the transience of all things.
July 03, 2015
On one level the film is a kind of Rorschach test in which the decaying images become animated inkblots, open to whatever identifications the spectator chooses to impose on them, from garden gnomes to genitals. On another, the film provides a kind of “2001” psychedelia, a rush of abstract images linked to the trance-inducing drone of Mr. Gordon’s score.
December 21, 2012
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