• Released
  • January 10, 2014
  • 1 hr 16 min
  • Documentary
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The Great Flood Synopsis
After the Mississippi River flood in 1927, rural Southern blacks moved north and created new music.
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90

Film.com

By Jordan Hoffman
The movie on its own is great, but with this music it's sublime.
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
Guitarist-composer Bill Frisell's wall-to-wall, bluesy-jazzy soundtrack beautifully reflects and unifies the visuals while also helping to...
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80

Time Out New York

The flood images are stark, conveying all the terror and pity that modern disaster footage imparts. But Morrison and Frisell infuse the...
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80

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
A striking experiment in music and moviemaking.
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70

The Dissolve

By Noel Murray
The Great Flood works as a wordless narrative of human endurance, showing communities gathering to stack sandbags, then gathering again to...
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70

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
Morrison has always closely collaborated with musicians, but here the helmer goes one better, making music the ultimate product of the...
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63

Slant Magazine

Even in comparatively conventional mode, Bill Morrison's work still benefits from the poetic potential of nature's repossession of its own...
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63

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
At its best, The Great Flood is hypnotic — at its worst, numbing.
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