First I'm struck by the rapid fire editing, the lighting, the compositions - and the expressive faces, like living cartoons, contorted in agony or exhalation... or set, grim and determined. Scenes of a mother beating a child, juxtaposed to shots of a man beating a horse. Trains gone mad -- all of it coupled to music that's nightmarish, like something composed by the Red Krayola, apocalyptic - you hear layers upon layers, music clashing against music - that comes and then goes and then returns, crashing, eerie. The collective effect steals my breath away.
Then it changes to full, lush strings, dramatic yet intense. Soldiers, horses, snow, guns. Wartime absurdities woven throughout. The cut, cut, cut of shots and scenery that rush by at a dizzying rate. My heart's racing... this isn't just a film, it's an experience.