Renowned in cinema history as introducing the notion of 'audience effect'. Often used alongside Orson Welles' 'War of the Worlds' RKO radio broadcast as empirical evidence for the 'Hyperdermic Needle Theory'.
Not sure what to make of this mess. One thing is certain: this so-called "cinema" is going nowhere. It's a mere gimmick. Like the panorama or the kinetoscope. Think photography, with clumsy animation. Listen up, folks, cinema is just a fad. Let's focus on "real" art: theatre, literature, you know. In five years nobody will remember this stuff.
Dated and sophomoric. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha. Seriously though, it's obviously an important bit of cinema that when examined in terms of its effect on the audience had enormous implications for the language of film.
Hypnosis. Pre-narrative, pre-subjectivity, pre-art, pre-medium, as the camera is merely an invention "without a future". Like a cave painting. The frame skips and the people staring. This too, is but a train of shadows.
I don't know, can I really objectively say anything? Of course, there's the "historic factor", meaning this is not just a film but a whole lot of context. I feel a bit uneasy on how much I am allowed an opinion against the sheer mass of history and if so, what I can base that opinion on. Anyway, a nice shot and a nice historical context. Am I good now?