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This review is from: La Antena  [DVD] (DVD)
This film is remarkable. What the creators have done is to recreate a silent film and appear to only use the visual trickery that was available in the 1920s. The absence of people speaking mean that we concentrate more on the visuals. The physical incorporation of the words being spoken by the actors into the film is a work of genius.
This film demonstrates that the black and white silent film is far from redundant medium.
The production design of 1920/30s futurism is a visual treat.
I do hope this inspires other people to produce more films of this type. It is a visual work of art.
The plot? A TV company has electronically removed everyone's ability to speak, and thus predominates. Our hero and his family must battle to stop this.
This film was made in Argentina and this does appear to be allegorical to the period of dictatorship that this unfortunate country had to endure.
However the parallels are not blindingly obvious to anyone unacquainted with Argentine history so the film is therefore highly entertaining without preaching.
The inspiration for the film would appear to have been Lang's Metropolis, but it is by no means a rip-off, although there is a homage to Rotwang's robotisation of Maria.
Even if B&W silents are not your thing, give this a try for the visuals and design.