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

Adventures in American Filmmaking #23

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Today's Adventure: Stanley Kubrick Attends His Last Gala Premiere (believe it or not) (1962)


Rob said...

he musta been dragged kicking & sceaming. I bet he left during the intermission. ;-)


Tom Sutpen said...

I wouldn't be surprised if he did. He didn't go into full recluse mode until he made "2001: A Space Odyssey", but this was his last gasp as a high-profile director (though there was a story floated after his death that he'd been planning to resurface and do television interviews in order to hump "Eyes Wide Shut". But like most of the stories connected with his intentions in those final days, it's hardly a reliable one)