Striking, mesmerizing, hypnotic... Its scope and ambition inspire a dizzying vertigo. Overwhelming, operatic, romantic, dreamlike, nightmarish, beautiful, exaggerated. Here's a myth of cultural antagonism and freedom found at the expense of others. It's a pity no better transfer yet exists, and this hasn't received a criterion level restoration. It would likely be a top 5 film of all time for me. It still might be.
Half-gypsy, half-aristo poetess oscillates between two men, and doesn't age a bit in a century and some. If your heart beats faster on hearing the word 'postmodernism', this is the stuff to go for. Extensive knowledge of everything is an advantage. A monolithic product of an artistic endeavour without precedent.