Imperfect for its perhaps over-reliance on genre tropes rather than its natural strengths, at it's best some of the most uncomfortable sequences I've seen in a theatre - I Walked With A Zombie + The Stepford Wives
"No-one's ever gotten this close before."
I was going to write that this is the most adventurous film made in Hollywood since Heaven's Gate, but what is that compared to calling it Mann's best movie? It's both a culmination and expansion of hundreds of ideas Mann has toyed with since Thief. But there's something new here: this is a movie about collectives, not individuals, and the most beautiful thing about this movie is watching these characters learn to respect, trust…
"Grace ﬁlls empty spaces but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it." - Simone Weil
Preliminary notes - because like all great art, it is not consumable within a single experience. But where to start with a film as dense as this one? Reading 'Mizo on Mizo'* earlier, Mizoguchi stated in regards to 'The Life of Oharu' that "it takes several years before a true work of art begins to take shape." I don't think…