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

Adventures in American Filmmaking #25:
The April Fools' Edition


Today's Adventure: Art imitates life imitates a stand-up comedy routine. (1966)

Waitasecond...he said his rabbi got the vodka ad! Yet here's Woody plugging Smirnoff. He lied to us through comedy! I hate when people do that.

3 comments :

mwl said...

I LOVE when people do that. Andy Kaufman did it really well.

swac said...

Tell me about it...I've been watching a fair bit of rare Kaufman footage lately...and I've got some doozies for potential "When Legends Gather"...although they'll probably be lousy screencaps, I might go for it anyway. His Mike Douglas appearances were surreal masterpieces, with the added bonus of baffled showbiz guests to boost the weirdness quotient.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

Tell me about it...I've been watching a fair bit of rare Kaufman footage lately...and I've got some doozies for potential "When Legends Gather"...although they'll probably be lousy screencaps, I might go for it anyway.

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As your friend and co-blogger, I say go for it. If they're really lousy, you can send them to me and I'll do my best to clean 'em up; make 'em look less lousy, then send them back to you for posting as you see fit.

His Mike Douglas appearances were surreal masterpieces, with the added bonus of baffled showbiz guests to boost the weirdness quotient.

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Did Kaufman ever do a talk show appearance that wasn't surreal, masterpiece or no?

You realize, don't you, that if he'd come on the scene today, he'd never get out of the clubs, let alone on talk shows. All that originality would put people off. Too weird.