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Decasia Reviews

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Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2006
Bill Gibron

As a musical piece, it to convey mixed emotions within a very dissonant setting. But the film that goes along with it has a harder time selling its sense of self.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 30, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's for those who like curio films.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

January 1, 2004
Tony Rayns
Sight and Sound

By presenting images that are in advanced stages of decomposition Morrison is agitating in the most powerful way on behalf of the archives fighting to rescue their holdings from disintegration.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

December 2, 2003
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Like Brakhage, Morrison contemplates the nature of film itself and, like Conner, he conjures an apocalyptic vision. In Decasia's case, this comes from the deformation, which turns ordinary scenes into horror-movie spectacle. Of course, despite the formal

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 21, 2003

A mesmerising meditation on life, death and cinema that recalls the heyday of the 60s avant-garde.

Full Review Source: BBC | Original Score: 4/5

September 30, 2003
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Simultaneously heartbreakingly beautiful and exquisitely sad.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/5

March 19, 2003
Anita Gates
New York Times
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Decasia is what has happened already to so many silent movies, newsreels and the like. The unexpected thing is that its dying, in this shower of black-and-white psychedelia, is quite beautiful.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 19, 2003
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The film is a fierce dance of destruction. Its flame-like, roiling black-and-white inspires trembling and gratitude.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 18, 2003
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film

Others, more attuned to the anarchist maxim that 'the urge to destroy is also a creative urge', or more willing to see with their own eyes, will find Morrison's iconoclastic uses of technology to be liberating.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 12, 2002
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

If you're the kind of parent who enjoys intentionally introducing your kids to films which will cause loads of irreparable damage that years and years of costly analysis could never fix, I have just one word for you -- Decasia

March 29, 2002
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Bill Morrison's Decasia is uncompromising, difficult and unbearably beautiful.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 8, 2002

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 0.5/5

December 6, 2005
Chris Gore
Film Threat

I'm sure the filmmaker would disagree, but, honestly, I don't see the point. It's a visual Rorschach test and I must have failed.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 0.5/5

December 8, 2002

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

Time Out
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January 26, 2006

Guardian [UK]
January 15, 2004

Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
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