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It’s amazing how Miller makes every detail count in this film but it’s even more amazing how every detail conveys so much with so much economy. The scenery and props do an incredible amount of the expository work, and far more is explained in action, movement and the actors’ gestures and facial expressions than verbally in the script.
I watched the black and chrome edition this time for the first time. It’s exquisite but it’s hard for me to un-see the visual information from the original color version. There are a small handful of shots, particularly of the citadel’s greenhouse, that felt like they would have been shot differently had the movie been originally intended for black and white. Still it’s a worthwhile experiment and it does very little to diminish the power of the film.