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 #17

Old Ironsides, 1927 (from the Paramount release book)
"James Cruze's mighty epic of love, heroism and courage on the high seas has been completed and, at this writing, ready for showing at $2 road show prices. In its tremendous sweep and box office power, it exceeds the fondest expectations of its sponsors. A masterpiece of enthralling entertainment that will pack theatres everywhere and will go down in history as among the three best motion pictures ever made."

I'm just curious as to what they thought the other two might have been...

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

At first glance, this poster resembles the ads for "1000 toy soldiers" you'd find in an ancient comic book. Except without the tanks.