The Highwater Trilogy. 2006. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Courtesy of Bill Morrison

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.

Gotham
2004. USA. Directed by Bill Morrison. Music by Michael Gordon. 25 min.

Dystopia
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.

  1. Tuesday, October 28, 2014,
    7:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Sunday, October 19, 2014,
    2:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
This film accompanies Bill Morrison: Compositions.