The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of Cinema #1

Freaks (Tod Browning; 1932)

1 comment :

Rob said...

This is the movie that made a friend of mine swear off going to movies with me. My previous pal had said she thought Zippy the Pinhead was a total fabrication until she saw this.
A True Story: When at a rather lame party around that time, alcohol fueled charades was in progress, and I had to get "Jesus Freaks", of all things. Jesus was easy, but they were totally missing all my simile clues, so I grabbed a pen off the table and stuck it between my teeth, flopped down on the floor with my arms behind and wriggled around. I knew my gal pal was sure to get this one, but she burst out laughing and laughing, and she was practically paralyzed. Eveybody was staring at her or laughing, too, and my time ran out. She was still laughing hard, so one of the others had to ask what the hell I was doing. I said, "Freaks! Christ, It was goddam Jesus Freaks!" This set her off even more, and the puzzled glances continued. I just said "O, forget it!" The whole rest of the night she would look at me and just laugh and laugh.