i*******’s review published on Letterboxd:
Returning to the Lumière Brothers in order to move ahead towards a new leftist cinema. Grassy landscapes, rural communities, workers leaving factories, the daily life of a people. Revolts described may have come too early and succeeded too late, but all are necessary on the path towards a better future. Everyone who watches this quotes Griffith (fairly, I'll admit it's a good line), but his words don't matter to me so much as how S/H continue his line of thought. Yes there is a return to the impressionistic qualities of actualities, but if you're going to marvel at the wind in the trees you should listen to the sounds they make too.