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 #154

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(Kenneth Anger; 1947)


Rob said...

Elaborate onanism - no more, no less.

Tom Sutpen said...

Well put.

I admire a number of Anger's films. "Fireworks" is not one of them.

This is a propitious moment to insert that by no means do I like every film that gets inclded in this series (though I probably like 95% of them). For me, 'Seminal Image' is all about the image itself and, though I'm not a fan of "Fireworks" (it's too blatant a knock-off of the Cocteau model; not to mention loaded with symbology any half-wit can divine almost before they see it), I have to say this is a striking image from that film.

Rob said...

Yes, it is an interesting frame - a kind of demonic pieta.