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

Seminal Image #94


The Docks of New York
(Josef von Sternberg; 1928)

2 comments :

Dave B. said...

Nice still! Hadn't seen that one before. Another Sternberg gem for my collection -- thanks!

(Parenthetical thought: wouldn't it be cool if there was a newsgroup along the lines of alt.binaries.pictures.movie-posters that dealt solely in hi-res scans of classic movie stills?)

Tom Sutpen said...

Dave wrote:

Nice still! Hadn't seen that one before. Another Sternberg gem for my collection -- thanks!

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Well, I figured I better post an actual still from "The Docks of New York", pronto. In fact, that's the one I should have posted had I actually bothered to look at it beforehand.

(Parenthetical thought: wouldn't it be cool if there was a newsgroup along the lines of alt.binaries.pictures.movie-posters that dealt solely in hi-res scans of classic movie stills?)

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