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 #126

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(Joe May; 1929)


swac said...

What a discovery this film was, I got to see it at Cinefest in Syracuse a few years ago. Definitely a missing link between expressionism and noir, and I've heard rumours of a restoration/release on DVD (two musical acts were discussing their desire to perform scores for it on alt.movies.silent this week). All I knew of May was his Lang-penned adventure epic The Indian Tomb, but this is something else and deserving of wider exposure.

Bob Keser said...

The Region 2 DVD is being released any day now (I already have this ordered!). Asphalt is a terrific movie, as is Joe May's Heimkehr/Homecoming.

Tom Sutpen said...

I've never seen a Joe May movie I didn't think was at least excellent . . .

. . . but then, I haven't seen some of those things he did for Monogram either.