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 #174

Body and Soul
(Robert Rossen; 1947)


Rob said...

John Garfield, Anne Revere and Canada Lee - what a movie! Throw in Lili Palmer and Bill Conrad for fun. Garfield was so good, I still think this is the best boxing movie, I like it better than Raging Bull. "What are you gonna do kill me? Everybody dies!"


Brent McKee said...

The movie was referred to in an episode of the Dick van Dyke Show where Rob is telling Buddy & Sally about how he boxed the current heavyweight champ when he was in the Army. The running gag was Rob telling Laura "You're no Lilli Palmer." If you see the episode take as close a look as you can at the referee - a young Gary Marshall.

Ivan G. said...

I'd like to agree with Rob that Body and Soul is the best boxing pic (my devotion to Julie Garfield notwithstanding), but I'm afraid there are just too many contenders for the title. For me, it's essentially a three-movie race between Soul, The Set Up and The Harder They Fall.

Wait a sec...I forgot about Fat City. This isn't as easy as I thought.