Decasia

Film

Time Out says

Chicago-born Morrison specialises in requiems for the instability and evanescence of the film frame. His short The Film of Her focused on the recovery of hundreds of rolls of pre-celluloid paper-print films deposited in the Library of Congress. Decasia dives into the primordial soup of such imagery. Exhumed from the vaults, a dervish dances his whirligig anew; camels resume their passage across the desert. Simultaneously, dirt and splashes infiltrate and corrode the scene; smudges and scratches claw into the frame and paw at the face of the image; representation does battle with the intrusive surface of the film. Spurred by Michael Gordon's sliding, entrancing orchestral score, merry-go-round vessels erupt out of a whorl of celluloid turbulence; a boxer vies with a blizzard of blotches; a man's head dissolves into a flickering X-ray of his skull. A hands-on, shamanic archaeologist, Morrison digs into the distinction between film as visual agent and artefact, the limbo state of memory. Unsurprisingly, he can hardly bear to bring it to an end.

Details

Release details

Rated:
PG
Duration:
67 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Bill Morrison
Screenwriter:
Bill Morrison