Close up we see pistons move up and down or side to side. Pendulums sway, the small parts of machinery move. Gears drive larger wheels. Gears within gears spin. These human-made mechanical bits seem benign and reassuring.
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The film itself is surprisingly absorbing in showing the variations of mechanical movements. But the music of this restored version, a dull transcription of Albeniz' "Tango", is really nasty. Better turn it off and whatch without music!