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Decasia: The State of Decay

Directed by Bill Morrison

Part of Walktoberfest: Celebrating the Walker’s 75th Anniversary, Walktoberfest: Free Films

“Bill Morrison’s Decasia is that rare thing: a movie with avant-garde and universal appeal. Its flame-like, roiling black-and-white inspires trembling and gratitude.” —Village Voice

Constructed entirely with decaying celluloid film, this moving avant-garde work is an assemblage of life and beauty that flows between abstraction and reality. Bill Morrison’s best-known film, a mesmerizing tour de force, is as much about moving images as it is about the physical artifact of film. Michael Gordon’s haunting score creates an all-encompassing experience of cinematic grandeur. Not unlike our own existence, Decasia is a celebration of temporality that translates the effects of the natural world. 2002, 35mm, 64 minutes.


Major support to preserve, digitize and present the Ruben/Bentson Film and Video Study Collection is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.