The O’Mers in “The Bricklayers”

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 1, 2015

There’s a ton of business in this single, uninterrupted two-minute shot. Thematically we have lots of salutary disrespect for authority. Stylistically we have a pretty successful (if very sloppy) attempt to use the whole of the frame. I’m afraid I’m going to say this again. Méliès has managed this kind of thing quite often, and quite successfully. And Guy is no slouch. Two horizontal stages, one on top of the other, with some terrific communication between them. That’s grammar and craft and all. More importantly—grammar and craft of another variety—the acrobatics are well and joyfully executed.