The Great Flood (2014)
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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 earthen embankments in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles. Part of its legacy was the forced exodus of displaced sharecroppers, who left plantation life and migrated to Northern cities, adapting to an industrial society with its own set of challenges. Musically, the Great Migration fueled the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands
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Having taken the flood out of time, Morrison plants it firmly in space - or as firm as any dreamscape can be. He's made a sort of travelog, and it's destination is inundation.
Destined for a long life in museums and history classes alike, this is cinema as art, and a classic.
Most of all it's a unique, highly immersing audio-visual experience that would be as at home in a museum as it is in a movie theater - and that's a first-order compliment.
The movie on its own would have been nice, but with this music it's sublime.
The damage gives the images an appropriately mud-spattered, post-disaster appearance; sometimes the splotchy, jumpy degradation transforms these smalltown flood scenes into abstract animated splatter paintings.
The footage itself isn't always well-preserved but director Bill Morrison incorporates it into the overall effect.
Brief title cards orient the viewer to the history, but the moving combination of sound and image ends up being more profound than any explanatory narration could ever be.
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