The “city symphony” film became ubiquitous in the 1920s, with iconic films such as Manhatta (1921) and Berlin, die Sinfonie der Grosstadt (1927) celebrating the rise of the metropolis. Yet as the cities rose, the individuality of man was subsumed into the masses. With Gotham and Dystopia, Morrison created a pair of 21st-century city symphonies. The Highwater Trilogy is a cautionary tale about the power and glory of nature.
2004. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Music by Michael Gordon. 25 min.
2008. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Music by Michael Gordon. 30 min.
The Highwater Trilogy
2006. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Music by David Lang, Michael Gordon. 31 min.
Program 86 min.