Was this film influential?
I think the film was actually influential to some degree. Theo Angelopoulos used a huge suspended hand in Landscape in the Mist to awe us, much like the way a huge hand is used in this film. Kieslowski placed a silent onlooker in many scenes in The Decalogue, just as there is a silent man in various disquises in this film. The puppets singing Marathon made me think strongly of later David Lynch films. Certain these directors know of Brel's music. I wonder if they saw this film?share