10 Brakhage, Film at Wit’s End , p. 17. In regard to the senex character of Hill’s grandfather, it is useful to remember that until the coming of the railroads time was always “local” time. The railroad companies insisted upon the use of time standardized within set time zones— thus the term “railroad time,” which superseded local time as the measure of one’s day. The railroads are, therefore, from an archetypal point-of-view cultural institutions with a profound senex nature. The same is true of totalitarian governments which insist on “capital” time throughout a country, no matter how large— Peking time in all of China, and Moscow time in all of the former Soviet Union.