The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 ...
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A scene from The Bells (1926) is optically reprinted and edited to Michael Gordon¹s 7 minute composition. A meditation on the fleeting nature of life and love, as seen through the roiling emulsion of an film.
A runaway seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore and finds their marriage ending and her cousin in crisis. In the days that follow, the family struggles to let go of the past while searching for new things to hold onto.
Anthonis arrives in a hotel near the sea. It is winter, the hotel is closed and Anthonis wanders alone. It seems to have all the time with him. Until television announced the disappearance of the famous journalist Antonis Paraskevas.
Pedro and Rui kiss after a first-anniversary dinner; Pedro drives home, dying en route in a crash. Another pair of lovers, Odete and Alberto, split over her desire to have a child. Pedro ... See full summary »
João Pedro Rodrigues
Ana Cristina de Oliveira,
The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet. Part of it enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers. Musically, the Great Migration of rural southern blacks to Northern cities saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll. Using minimal text and no spoken dialog, filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer - guitarist Bill Frisell have created a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history through a collection of silent images matched to a searing original soundtrack. Written by
The entire film is comprised of 1927 flood footage (some of it very compelling) set to the lackluster easy listening music of Bill Frisell, which gets old very quickly. I dare you not to hit the mute button after 20 minutes. With the exception of a few quick graphics, there is are no explanations, no narration, no story. If I have to sit through a music-only film about the 1927 flood, I'd have rather listened to the actual artists and great blues-men that migrated north in the aftermath of the disaster and made their mark on American music forever. What an unsatisfying waste of great archival footage and grant money!
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