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

Selling the Silents #12


From the 1927 Paramount release book
"The famous character star in his first American picture, a powerful picturization of the original story by Bruce Barton, author of 'The Man Nobody Knows.' The event of the season!"
If this title seems unfamiliar, don't worry, it's not lost, it simply doesn't exist. Promoted to theatre bookers as German great Emil Jannings' first American picture, that project would eventually turn out to be The Way of All Flesh, which earned him the first Academy Award for best actor, and also turns out to be the only Academy Award winning film for which no known print--aside from a few fragments--is known to exist.

The Man Who Forgot God is like Paramount's silent War of the Worlds, it doesn't seem to have made it past pre-production. Great artwork though.

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