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Why This Scene Matters

August 29, 2011
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One of the most disturbing scenes in cinema from one of film’s great humanists.

Filmed on the verge of WWII its direct symbolism and visceral shock cannot go unnoticed.

In a film that in some respects was a stately drama of manners and introduced such technical firsts as deep focus (a year before Citizen Kane) to suddenly switch to a scene that is almost documentary-like in execution (pun intended) was so modernly in your face as to be nothing short of astonishing (and chilling).

If you can’t already tell I love this film and can pretty much write a novel about what I think it means to me specifically and life in general.

And when I say “life” I mean life and not just the life of art which is the greatest measure of a work of art.

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