The Village Detective: a song cycle

Directed by Bill Morrison

Year: 2021
Running Time: 81
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English and Russian with English subtitles
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The Village Detective: a song cycle

Cast
Mihail Žarov

Crew
Directed by Bill Morrison
Writer Bill Morrison
Composed by David Lang


During the summer of 2016, a fishing boat off the shores of Iceland made a most curious catch: four reels of 35mm film, seemingly of Soviet provenance. Unlike the film find explored in Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time, it turned out this discovery wasn’t a lost work of major importance, but an incomplete print of a popular comedy starring beloved Russian actor Mihail Žarov. Does that mean it has no value? Morrison thought not. To him, the heavily water-damaged print, and the way it surfaced, could be seen as a fitting reflection on the life of Žarov, who loved this role so much that he even co-directed a sequel to it. Morrison uses the story as a jumping off point for his latest meditation on cinema’s past, offering a journey into Soviet history and film accompanied by a gorgeous score by Pulitzer and Grammy-winning composer David Lang.

This film opens September 22 in select theaters and virtual cinemas. Click here to find a venue near you.

Reviews

"A biographical documentary that only Morrison could deliver. With a fantastic score by David Lang, the director mesmerizingly weaves through an entire life of unbridled creativity while also, once again, instilling the importance of film preservation."

"Morrison’s movies feel like half-remembered reveries formed from memories you can no longer consciously recall. Hovering at the intersection of reappropriation, preservation, history, music, and art, any one of his works will haunt you for the rest of your life."

“The poetics of decomposition are the haunting, thrilling and... historically revelatory stuff of the cinema of Bill Morrison."



Awards

  • Official Selection: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Telluride Film Festival

  • Soundtrack by Pulitzer and Grammy Award-Winner David Lang

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