The title of the film is based on the song The Great Crush Collision composed by ragtime musician Scott Joptin who recurs himself to a real historic event from 1896 which he attended: "On Sept. 15, 1896, 50,000 people had gathered anxiously on a wide stretch of Texas prairie near Warn.

Moments later, they watched two 32-ton locomotives, each pulling seven boxcars, collide head on at a combined speed of 120 miles per hour." The public had gathered in Crush, a small town in Texas, which was constructed specially for this event by the railway agent William George Crush.

Unfortunately, the happening ended tragically: When the two trains, one coming from north, the other from south, collided, numerous spectators were killed.The collision of the trains expresses not only Larson's fascination of the collision and reunion of different ideas, cultures, religions and people, but also the interest he takes in the duality of human existence in which love and hate, good and evil, life and death, sin and remission come together.

This topic becomes obvious especially in the first part of the film. Thus, Larson's intention is basically a deeply spiritual one: the unification of the profane and the sacred, of body and soul.

Crush Collision

Artist: Chris Larson
Production year: 2006
Duration: 00:12:48

Magnus Müller

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