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I had never heard of this film. When I started to watch it I aw that the music was by George Antheil whose best-known composition is Ballet Mécanique. The “ballet” was originally conceived to be accompanied by the film of the same name by experimental filmmakers Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy (with cinematography by Man Ray), although the nature of the collaboration is mysterious. The first productions of Antheil’s work in 1925 and 1926 did not include the film, which turned out to last around 19 minutes, only half as long as Antheil’s score.

Instantly my interest in the film was taken to an entirely new level.

The picture more than surpassed my expectations. The bonus features are superb. The documentary on EAGLE-LION FILMS made me want to see more of what the company produced.

Extraordinary.–Reg Hartt 2022–02–15.

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