Aware in its own era, and prescient about what was to transpire afterward. This film should be viewed by everyone in their lifetime.
This was almost like a grand-scale episode of The Twilight Zone (though that is not meant to suggest it is of a fantastical nature). The cinematography -- particularly the use of light and shadow -- was impeccable, as was the dialogue and Burt Lancaster's enunciation. Everything was so crisp.