I'm sorry but I thought this was awful. There are many ideas on the screen but all are half-baked. Rollin has no narrative string to pull them together like the New Wave filmmakers he was so clearly influenced by. You just can't pass off exposition as narrative, it doesn't work. Interesting but terrible. My first Rollin, maybe I should have started elsewhere.
rollin uses a literary mcguffin to traverse the history of all cinema, creating a moody, hypnotic and transcendent universe all his own. clearly a referential and personal film, the foundation set with great aplomb; one would be hard pressed to find other cinema so singular and unique in scope. available on netflix.