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

Selling the Silents #1

Taken from the Paramount release book, 1927.

"The most amazing and ultra-modern picture ever made. A drama of New York a hundred years from now, produced on a stupendous scale by the makers of Variety, with all the realism that made Variety popular and, in addition, effects that stagger the imagination. Audiences will talk about it for years to come."

What, no robot? That's like trying to promote Jaws and leaving out the shark. No wonder Metropolis was a flop in North America.


Tom Sutpen said...


Since this is a family blog, I won't specify what I'm referring to, but I've seen posters for Porn films in the 70s that weren't as suggestive as that thing.

Those German Expressionists and their twisted minds!

Anonymous said...

Metropolis was about a robot - it was created to replace Maria the heroine of the story.