In both the city and the cinema, intermittent motion normally remains invisible, but Menken explicates this motion, weaving it into the rhythmic composition of the film and relating it to larger themes of cinematic and urban spectacle and engrossment.
Unlike the rest of the film, this sequence is shot indoors and in black and white and so it may at first seem out of place in the film's overall composition, but I would like to suggest that it offers poignant focus on themes of engrossment and spectacle.
Various parts of the city of New York, the busy man's engrossment in his busy-ness, make up the major part of the film .
The stop-motion technique makes a comedy of engrossment [.
Instead, what becomes visible are the flows and rhythms of movement--movement that is shaped and patterned by the engrossment of its participants.