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 #208

(F.W. Murnau; 1926)

1 comment :

swac said...

One of my earliest non-comedy silent film experiences. I think Faust taught me how truly cool (not a very cinematic term, but it was what I thought at the time) and otherworldly silent films could be, when I caught it on the French CBC TV channel when I was still a pre-teen. They used to show silents late at night, with French title cards, but Faust was different because it had English/German title cards, with a French voice reading the translation. Also saw a lot of Eisenstein and Griffith that way. This is definitely a key title in my personal film education. Someday I'd like to see it in 35mm with live music...