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  • Summary: 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 banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet. Part of it enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displacedThe 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 banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet. Part of it enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers. Musically, the Great Migration of rural southern blacks to Northern cities saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll. Using minimal text and no spoken dialog, filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer-guitarist Bill Frisell have created a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history through a collection of silent images matched to a searing original soundtrack. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jan 31, 2014
    90
    Guitarist-composer Bill Frisell's wall-to-wall, bluesy-jazzy soundtrack beautifully reflects and unifies the visuals while also helping to personalize this distinct endeavor. It's a terrific achievement.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jan 9, 2014
    90
    The movie on its own is great, but with this music it's sublime.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jan 7, 2014
    80
    A striking experiment in music and moviemaking.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jan 8, 2014
    70
    The Great Flood works as a wordless narrative of human endurance, showing communities gathering to stack sandbags, then gathering again to dig out of the muck after their previous efforts failed.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jan 8, 2014
    70
    Morrison has always closely collaborated with musicians, but here the helmer goes one better, making music the ultimate product of the Great Flood.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Jan 7, 2014
    63
    Even in comparatively conventional mode, Bill Morrison's work still benefits from the poetic potential of nature's repossession of its own elements.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jun 12, 2014
    63
    At its best, The Great Flood is hypnotic — at its worst, numbing.

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