Meshes of the Afternoon ★★★½

I am genuinely glad to have watched this, but I would be lying if I said I haven’t previously seen this type of concept done a lot better. This film is very much a product of its time.

That being said, it is extremely pioneering in a number of places, and I massively appreciated that- even if it did mean it was clumsy more often than not. I have a feeling that 1940s audiences would have been strongly affected by a number of moments in this. 

Some of the visuals were really striking, but a lot of it served as quite surface level storytelling that didn’t really have a discernible motivation or narrative. A lot of the time it did just appear to be weird for the sake of being weird. I can excuse that though.

The editing was noticeably jarring. However, as I mentioned before, I’m willing to excuse a lot of that as this film was obviously made on a shoestring budget, so I wasn’t expecting anything amazing. 

Considering when it was made, I found the audio in this to be genuinely effective and actually impressive at certain points. Definitely the most adept component of the whole film. The long sustained chord that strikes throughout most of this film maintained an impressive feeling of dread.