Top positive review
A long, long, way from here.
on 7 December 2016
Stunning blu ray disc, highly recommended restored version, end credits detail the process. Although I watched in 120” projection screen you could watch it on a hand-held device if you can listen to the astonishing soundtrack through a good pair of earbuds. Never a dull moment.
I write this review wondering what I’m going to remember of the film. The chicks on a conveyor belt, tattoos like you have never seen at your local scratch parlour are two that immediately come to mind. Above all it is the human face that reminds me how individual we all are. The smile, of course, is often cited as the only true human characteristic amongst the whole animal kingdom. But what other animal can say each example has a different looking face? Just a thought.
Humanity’s lowest point is also filmed. When the people of Germany were convinced by their government that millions, millions, millions of people were not German and needed to be killed, this brought-on their industrialised murder ending in the gas chamber. The horror of government without mercy. The authority of power. Social blindness.
There is plenty of humour in this film. Plenty of colour. Lots and lots of religion. Religion so often seems to me to be something to do. Something to fill-in the spaces. And keep people together in the process. Plenty of interesting juxtapositions. As someone fascinated by the making of movies I gained a great deal from the original use of sound and vision. Not one word is spoken.
(price often dips down to 9.98 for an Amazon buy).