A fantastic symphony of decay (Dec
ay + Fantasia
), simultaneously heartbreakingly beautiful and exquisitely sad, pieced together from snippets of old films on the verge of oblivion. Enthralled by the evocative power of obscure old film footage, Bill Morrison began haunting film archives in search of raw material for his avant-garde short films. Like all researchers dealing with vintage film, he discovered mountains of footage in various states of corruption, images marred by bubbles, streaks and warping produced by the breakdown of cellulose nitrate stock, on which virtually all films were made until the 1950s. Though it pr...