"...it is a movie about passage—a "parade" West. Only briefly is "home," the antinomy of passage, suggested. And immediately upon its suggestion, it is abruptly refused by the film, which obstinately cuts back into flashbacks, back to passage rather than fulfillment, back to the past, to distance." - Tag Gallagher
Disparate groups of people working in tandem towards a communal goal, history moving under them "subject to the labours of the centuries" in the exact way Straub described.