The Ghost That Never Returns is a silent Soviet film however aesthetically it seems more like a mixture of Soviet, American and German cinema of the time. It is a revolutionary film (like most of the Soviet films of the time) but one that has actual characters, protagonist and antagonists rather “masses” as the revolutionary forces and does not occur in the Soviet Union itself... Full review: http://boxd.it/d9w3V
Bleak vision of a world containing forests of oil rigs in a stark landscape and a panopticon-style prison. The grainy, scratchy quality of the film only heightens its expressive power. The photography is interesting and unique and there are unexpected twists in the narrative.
Great sets and camerawork, but ultimately the film didnt really grab me or hold my attention. Worth a look for fans of silent cinema, but beware of slow pacing. Newcomers to the style should look elsewhere first before delving in this particular pool. 3 stars though, as the cinematography and performances are quite good
Very solid filmmaking for the early time period. Great shot selection, direction and well-crafted camerawork. Also some very sound acting in this early Russian film. Very overlooked for this era. And although this meanders a bit in the middle of the film, it is still good storytelling overall.
What's the price of liberty for a South American oilfield proletarian that receives one day of freedom from the prison? "The Ghost that Never Returns" is a Soviet film on surveillance, and the illusion of freedom in capitalist structured societies but also a movie on man's perpetual and inevitable need to set himself free. After all, workers have nothing to lose but their chains.
I'm going to temper my first response. While I still think this is one of the greatest films ever made, it is also an uneven project. It contains some of the most exhilarating montage sequences ever seen and offers an unflinching critique of capital and labor. But the character portrait clashes with Room's need to condense his story. Ghost has peaks and valleys, exhilaration and tedium. Still, it is a classic!
Beautifully shot, some scenes are stunning, often using classic rules of image composition, sometimes daring and experimental; interesting elements of abstraction and surrealism. Strong performances, however, I found the plot rather disappointing, it's the weakest part, and drags this film down a little bit.
Political and beautiful. Formalist, utterly vanguardist. Certain amount of abstractionism in the way he shapes faces flesh, heads, maquinic, architectural structures into the frame. Such a poetry on the cut, experimental and percussive, as the metal and wood figures exhilarating the most intense and violent secuences. Piano motives reminds me the feelings of the Scriabinian free atonalism. Free indeed. Personal.
Not a straightforward film about the Struggle. The Struggle is largely absent from the narrative, which allows the 'hero' to make mistakes and the 'villain' to gather flowers just because. Topped and failed with the Struggle to please authorities. A masterclass in subversive filmmaking in plain sight.
The four-storey high panopticon prison set with its central watch tower is a real revelation. If you can survive the glacial pace of the story, there are great moments in this film, from the startling use of hand-held camera, the way in which sound is evoked through kinetic montage and the twisted reptilian performance of the prison governor.