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 #162

Broken Lance
(Edward Dmytryk; 1954)


swac said...

Wow, I totally forgot this film was Cinemascope. The only time I watched it was a pan&scanned midday matinee type thing on some local cable channel, and I always thought it was 1.33:1.

Guess I've got me a DVD to buy...

Tom Sutpen said...

Nope. It's CinemaScope all right.

Incidentally, I've been trying to find out, with no success, what the first 20th Century-Fox was to be shot in 1:85 after Zanuck's edict that all Fox pictures be made in 'Scope.

Anyone can give me the answer to that will earn my undying gratitude.

Ivan G. said...

Yeah, I'm glad I waited on this one--I was inches away from picking up a copy at efilmic.