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 #131

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(Allan Dwan; 1954)


swac said...

I see that on Amazon that there's actually a VHS copy of this available...anyone seen it?

Tom Sutpen said...

Have I seen this film? Yes. I may even have a copy of it around here still.

It's somewhat leaner and darker than the other Dwan/Bogeaus Westerns, but to me its every bit their equal, even though it doesn't get the attention "Tennessee's Partner" and "Silver Lode" have over time.