Shot on the old principle of one shot, one idea, Hallelujah exudes an aura of ingenuous freshness and crafty charm. Physical exertion rubs shoulders boldly with intellectual gags. One in a pocket, a drum majorette in the show. It is life according to Ramuz: 'It's like dancing. One loves beginning, a cornet, a clarinet, one hates stopping, one's head spins, it is night.'
Beard and Greenbaum are the world’s loudest silent comics and Mekas puts them through shambling but surprisingly snap-timed routines that teem with ingeniously cartoonish, bittersweet whimsy. These cinematic idiots savants, forerunners of the criminal duo in “Band of Outsiders,” come off as the self-aware worshippers of clichés that everyone else in their eccentric orbit lives out blindly.