A companion piece to Interstellar - but I think its inferior, as it retains the ridiculousness whilst abandoning some of the grandeur. But as films about syntax go, it's compelling.
The whole film is excellent - some of the strange idiosyncrasies of the new talkie film era, such as overdubbing and silent outdoor scenes, work unusually in its favour even to a modern day audience. The set-up, children singing in the street about a murderer whose presence looms over them, is a masterclass, and its depiction of the whole town, suffering under this wicked spell, is something that has been emulated throughout film history. But the film is a standout…