Very short film. Cubic, as Tscherkassky would say. Creating the tension for an instant, a crack in time. A scene that repeats, over an over in our imagination. Tscherkassky takes film, breaks it down, overlaps it, and makes the history of cinema alive, before our eyes. By making it obviously analog, he remindes us that cinema is something that comes to life from darkness into reality. From nothing out of genius.
I don't really get this film, it almost discouraged me from watching the rest of Tscherkassky's films. Fortunately, I gave his other films a shot because they were a lot more enjoyable. I can't really say the film is awful because it's so short but I don't think I'll ever re-watch it.
...and this is art because......... Love the description by Stefan Grissemann above as it certainly took more inspiration to come up with such a lovely analysis than Peter Tscherkassky had in coming up with the short.