Stylised, horror film compositions alternate seamlessly with the most calmly observational shots of day-to-day goings on. And the astonishing boldness of this stylistic juxtaposition is collapsed by the calmly relentless pace of the shots and the blandness of the diegetic music. There is no catharsis; the film itself is in shock, unable to absorb the event it has witnessed. More than 80 years after it was made, it remains one of the most visceral kicks in the gut cinema has to offer its viewers.
Maximilian Le Cain
September 01, 2012