Respectfully disrespectful. Wrong-headed. Historical desecration is the price of engaging a new generation in "boring" (their words) archive footage. The anti-Shoah. One extra star for the prologue and epilogue, which don't employ the very awful, cutscene-style colourisation techniques.
"Blown" away, ha ha. Huston's monolithic, petrifying performance is the thing that instantly sticks. But so, so, so much is packed in there. I can't recall seeing a film that's so frantic and elegiac at the same time. Films I thought of while watching included:
The Wedding (Wajda)
Eden and After
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
The Last Movie
Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?
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.