Decasia

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Decasia
Decasia dvd.jpg
Directed by Bill Morrison
Produced by Bill Morrison
Europäicher Musikmonat
Daniel Zippi
Written by Bill Morrison
Music by Michael Gordon
Edited by Bill Morrison
Release dates
  • January 2002 (2002-01)
Running time 67 minutes
Country United States
Language no dialogue

Decasia is a 2002 American found footage film by Bill Morrison, featuring an original score by Michael Gordon. The film is a meditation on old, decaying silent films. It begins and ends with scenes of a dervish and is bookended with old footage showing how film is processed. Nothing was done to accelerate the decomposition of the actual film prints, some of which were copied from the University of South Carolina's Moving Image Research Collections.[1]

The film's musical soundtrack features several detuned pianos and an orchestra playing out of phase with itself, adding to the fractured and decomposing nature of the film.

Two films have been positively identified: J. Farrell MacDonald's The Last Egyptian (1914), written, produced, and based on the novel by L. Frank Baum, and William S. Hart's Truthful Tulliver (1916).

In 2013 Decasia was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry. It was the first film from the 21st century to be selected and to date is the youngest film to be preserved.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morrison, Bill. "Portrait of Decay: Bill Morrison on Decasia". Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Library of Congress announces 2013 National Film Registry selections" (Press release). Washington Post. December 18, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 

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