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

The Art of Cinema #58


Roscoe's reutrn (1932)

3 comments :

sleepybomb said...

you see how well this promotion went over . . .

swac said...

This ad looks like someone lobbed off Arbuckle's head and is tossing it out a car window...I don't know if anyone else found it disturbing...

Tommy O'C said...

If you look at the bottom banner left, the "W" in Warner Bros. is too close to the edge. It does look truncated.

It disturbs me knowing how Arbuckle was considered one of the greats in his day, then was totally disgraced. Even though the jury found him not guilty but also, supposedly, took the extraordinary step of exonerating him of all charges, Arbuckle was forever branded a hulking sex maniac in the eyes of a once-adoring public and died a broken man.