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 #13

The Wedding March
From the Paramount release book (1927)
Von Stroheim's masterpiece! A magnificent love drama of Vienna, city of mirth and melody, romance and heartbreak. With Von Stroheim as an arrogant young aristocrat and a cast that reads like the blue book of filmdom. Far surpassing any previous work of this directorial genius in its military glamour, poignant human appeal and box office power. The road show that will be exhibited at $2 top and developed into a wonderful audience attraction for motion picture theatres.
An Erich Von Stroheim Creation
Presented by Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky
(By arrangement with P.A. Powers)

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