"The film you are about to see... bears no resemblance to reality. It is only a play in which everything is distorted & exaggerated. Life isn't like this." Schorm's wry, subtle, devastating joke, of which the rest of the film is the punchline. Alienation & sublimation under conditions of repression (with Bergman-like themes of redemption). Of it's time, and stunted by censors, but (sadly) no less relevant for it.