Thursday, April 01, 2010
I really dug this short film, which is nothing more than an artfully spliced assemblage of burned, warped, faded, ripped, and otherwise deteriorated or damaged decades-old films set to music. Bill Morrison manages to artfully edit everything so that there are sequences of footage with the same sort of damage, or with similar subject matter, which run for a few minutes before moving on. I don't know how to describe it, but Decasia is beautiful and disturbing. The Philip Glass on a bad psilocybin trip score by Michael Gordon really adds to the effect.
Animators and digital effects afficionados will love the glamorous and amazing natural special effects time has wrought on these old reels. There are dramatic flourishes, apocalyptic sequences, and spiritually evocative movements caused simply by the decay of film stock. Powerful and interesting, but not for everyone.