Films are plainly made of images in succession, “mysterious explosions”, running buffalo, Army cannons, an octopus, these tell the tale.
The venture has its roots in the theater, in painting, sculpture and music. It requires unusual resources, hence Wood in the vortex.
“The proof is in the facts,” Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space.
A critique of the art, therefore, to show him in it, mustering every resource sufficient to his genius, quick on the set, receptive to inspiration, devoted to the cinema.