The Great Flood

The Great Flood

DVD - 2013
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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 earthen embankments in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles. Part of its legacy was the forced exodus of displaced sharecroppers, who left plantation life and migrated to Northern cities, adapting to an industrial society with its own set of challenges. Musically, the Great Migration fueled the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands that thrived in cities like Memphis, Detroit and Chicago becoming the wellspring for R&B and rock as well as developing jazz styles. THE GREAT FLOOD is a collaboration between filmmaker and multimedia artist Bill Morrison and guitarist and composer Bill Frisell inspired by the 1927 catastrophe.
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Icarus Films, 2013.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, black and white; 4 3/4 in.
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Jun 07, 2017

I've seen something similar on PBS years ago & the film they used was not so degraded. One needs to read the reviews first to realize there is no speaking,narration, etc. Gives one a pretty good idea how life as we know it will be destroyed in a disaster, even in this 'modern' age.

Sep 07, 2014

Complete waste of time !
Horribly degraded splotchy black and white film with NO narration or even
sub-titles to tell where the location
is for the picture being shown.
The advertised "Great Migration" that
inspired blues, etc, shows about 3 min. of guitar players and a black woman dancing, but is all Silent Film, with
nothing but the omnipresent music of Bill
Frisell , which gets irritating after the first 10 min.(or less). Watch the preview,
skip the film, and save yourself 78 min.
to do anything you will enjoy.

Jul 06, 2014

This is a film with music only. There is no talking, speaking and little text. You need to be in the know about the great flood of 1927.


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