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 #41

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La Ilusión viaja en tranvía
(Luis Bunuel; 1954)


Rob said...

You outta pop some Mexican Golden Age posters up - Maria Felix's Dona Diabla, Jorge Negrete's El Fanfarron, Pedro Galindo's Espuelas de Oro, or some of those strangley twisted Tin Tan ones with the caricatured babes. There are some eye-popping graphics, for sure.


Tom Sutpen said...

Excellent idea, Rob.

You wouldn't happen to know offhand a site where I could find some of those, would you?

If not, I'll just go on the hunt as usual.


swac said...

I have some repros of Mexican movie posters. I totally forgot about them until now, and I'd love to put some of them up.

Gimme a day or two...

Rob said...

No real good images I'm afraid. All my good stuff is on my dead PC, awaiting fixin', and the commercial sites don't seem to have very good images for enlarging. Hope Steve can put 'em up - as a lad the charro image was all over the place on the Border, in AZ and CA, and shaped my impression of life south of the line. And IMHO, Senorita Felix's face is simply coldly, hauntingly, achingly, lovely.