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 #246


Titicut Follies
(Frederick Wiseman; 1967)

5 comments :

Rob said...

You guys are amazing! ;-)

BCNU

Tom Sutpen said...

Call me the Rembrandt of video captures.

swac said...

Is this unavailable on video? Should I hold onto my taped-off-PBS copy for dear life?

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen asked:

Is this unavailable on video?

*****
As far as I know it isn't. In fact, I don't know of a Frederick Wiseman film that is available on video, save for bootlegs. He's another one of those filmmakers (like Peter Watkins and Andy Warhol, to name just two) whose work is cruelly unrepresented in the video marketplace (however, I recently snagged a copy of Warhol's Chelsea Girls that was utterly pristine; DVD quality).

Should I hold onto my taped-off-PBS copy for dear life?

*****
Depends on the quality. There's an awfully good looking bootleg out there of this (which I have; that's what I made this capture from) along with several other Wiseman masterpieces. Though in a lot of those cases they were taken from French television broadcasts . . . with French subtitles and everything.

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