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 #156:
4 from Max Ophuls

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The Reckless Moment (1949)

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Le Plaisir (Pleasure; 1952)

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Madame de . . . (1953)

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Lola Montès (1955)


Rob said...

Man, you guys just consistantly post some wonderful images, that evoke the character of the subject well. Ophuls had that amazing gift for visuals that my favorite directors all have, an almost extra-sensory ability, somewhat like great athletes or race car drivers. They are on a plane above us, and when you experience their almost casual superiority, it can be jaw-dropping. (Or sphincter-tightening in a Cobra being driven 10/10s + !!) Keep up the good work, lads!


Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks, Rob.

Since this is about all I'm good for in this life, I appreciate your words doubly. I mean that.

Thanks again.

Nick Zegarac said...

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