Have never got Wilder. Never been a fan of his "classics". This, on the other hand, is the diamond. Elegiac, romantic, reflexive and oh-so-tragic. The key thing that makes it different to the early ones is that the cynicism is in the subtext. One minute I'm thinking of Bonjour Tristesse, then Eyes Without a Face, then Veronika Voss, then Vertigo, then Citizen Kane… Will be making another appointment with this one as soon as it screens in London (so probably 2027).
No central character.
No defined purpose for side characters.
No three acts.
No internal references.
No political polemical voice.
One of the best films ever made.