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Decasia Reviews

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Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Gibron
August 30, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2004
It's for those who like curio films.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tony Rayns
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2003
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.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
October 21, 2003
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
Jamie Russell
September 30, 2003
A mesmerising meditation on life, death and cinema that recalls the heyday of the 60s avant-garde.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 19, 2003
Simultaneously heartbreakingly beautiful and exquisitely sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Anita Gates
New York Times
March 19, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 18, 2003
The film is a fierce dance of destruction. Its flame-like, roiling black-and-white inspires trembling and gratitude.
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
August 12, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
March 29, 2002
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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
January 8, 2002
Bill Morrison's Decasia is uncompromising, difficult and unbearably beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
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 | Original Score: 0.5/5
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