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 #15

Leave Her to Heaven
(John M. Stahl; 1945)


swac said...

It goes without saying that when the new DVD of this hits store shelves (today?), run, don't walk, to pick one up. I thought my old Fox laserdisc would be my best source for years to come, but someone at that stodgy ol' studio is paying attention.

Nightmare Alley can only be around the corner...

Ivan G. said...

Wise words from swac:

Nightmare Alley can only be around the corner...Oh, if only the DVD Gods will decree it so!

By the way, Stephen -- congrats on becoming Tom's partner-in-crime.

swac said...

Thanks Ivan! Should be a real gas.

I have a DVD of Nightmare Alley, from It's not bad, probably from an off-air copy, but more than watchable. I also picked up The Lineup, Friends of Eddie Coyle, Blast of Silence, These Are the Damned and the Turkish Star Wars through them. I don't love bootlegs, but sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

Ivan G. said...

Well, as usual, I came late to the party with regards to I went a-searchin' for Nightmare, and apparently it's no longer available. Somebody must have a given a shout-out to the copyright police.

On the other hand, they do have copies of Appointment With Danger, The Man On the Flying Trapeze, The Reckless Moment and Shack Out on 101--plus, as you mentioned, Coyle and The Lineup. So that's more than enough to keep me occupied--I'll shoot for some of these next month, when I'm back on-budget.

Rob said...

This movie is soooo amazing, and eye-popping to boot. The drowning scene has to be the single most cold-blooded scene in movies, and Tierney is so much against type, I wonder how she was allowed to do it. I taped it on Beta and this was the only way I could watch it for years. As for Nightmare Alley, I NEED THIS ON DVD!!! Tyrone as Stanton Carlisle is one of the great movie performances. It is one of my faves, and I'm glad I taped it on the old Beta back when. When my trusty player broke, I went out and bought the best used one I could find, just so I could make sure I could see these two on my tapes.