Remember when spectacle wasn't defined by duration or bombast? An absolutely stunning achievement in which the sheer artistry is next-level. The production design is a salient reminder that despite the digital facades of contemporary cinema and all that digital composites can muster, they will never feel more authentic and palpable to the imagination than old-school production design and artisanal-like attention to detail in scope and scale. It's one of those films that when you sit back and think about the fact that this it was shot in what, 1955? One begins to really be dumbstruck with just how majestic, vibrant, and expansive it manages to be. Of course, this film is nationalist - which for this guy is one of the most despicable, indefensible human conceptions imaginable - yet, it's just so imaginative, jolly, and beautifully constructed, traversing its 90-minute runtime with ease while efficiently creating an absolute spectacle. A stunning achievement of its era, or any era really, it is difficult to not be awe-struck by the images constructed here. This is exactly what I want out of fantasy, mythic cinema.
Love of all things cinema brought me here.