One thing i just noticed – my 4 fave films all have lovely music.
Rated this ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ just for one of its scenes: Brando kicks a chair backwards with such grace and elemental fury that the only thing i've ever seen comparable is the Denis Levant performance in that banned Flake ad. Barely contained warp spasm. Worth watching just for that one scene.
It's a silent film but with such kaleidoscopic machine gun effects and wild eyed close ups I forgot there was no sound.
Saw this at 2am, too zonked to absorb the moral levered in at the end: "Viewers! Who among you are like these shoemakers?" Eh me, is it me?
Also: One of the first films of Mikhail Kalatozov, who went on to make Letter Never Sent and I Am Cuba in the 60s.
The film seems to have been made under a set of formal rules which you can only guess at. Maybe...
* Show interim moments, not decisive ones
* Characters' internal life expressed in clinically composed portraits
* Develop character using hair: length, filth, beard or tache
* Invisibly inject a Banksyesque message about society
Reminds me of Alain Robbe-Grillet's book Jalousie with its insect-like remorseless style where what's missing is as important as what's shown.