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.
When, in the early part of 2012, I submitted my ballot for the Sight & Sound gigato-poll, I declined to add comments/justifications for my selections. At the time I thought that no-one would need to read the same daisy-chain of earnest banalities and highfalutin' proclamations about why I (me?!) have imposed masterpiece status on this rag-tag bunch of movies. Almost a year-and-a-half later, and I think I've changed my mind. It wasn't flip dismissal, it's probably that I didn't have it…