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The Great Flood (2014)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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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

May 20, 2014

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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.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Somehow it feels wrong to enjoy a story about so much suffering.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Destined for a long life in museums and history classes alike, this is cinema as art, and a classic.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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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.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The movie on its own would have been nice, but with this music it's sublime.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Film.com
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A striking experiment in music and moviemaking.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The footage itself isn't always well-preserved but director Bill Morrison incorporates it into the overall effect.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

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.

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The Great Flood works as a wordless narrative of human endurance.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Even in comparatively conventional mode, Bill Morrison's work still benefits from the poetic potential of nature's repossession of its own elements.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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