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Directed by Bill Morrison Produced by Bill Morrison
Written by Bill Morrison Music by Michael Gordon Editing by Bill Morrison Release date(s) January, 2002 Running time 67 min. Country U.S. Language no dialogue
Decasia is a 2002 found footage film by Bill Morrison, featuring an original score by Michael Gordon. The film is a meditation on old, decaying silent films and is similar in spirit to Lyrical Nitrate. It begins and ends with scenes of a dervish and is bookended with old footage showing how film is processed. Some of the deterioration was enhanced with computers to create more meaningful abstract imagery in the manner of Stan Brakhage. Nothing was done to accelerate the decomposition the actual film prints, most of which were borrowed from facilities such as the Museum of Modern Art.
The film's musical soundtrack features several detuned pianos and an orchestra playing out of phase with itself, adding to the fractured and decomposing nature of the film.
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