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 #247

Il Grido
(The Outcry)
(Michelangelo Antonioni; 1957)

1 comment :

Rob said...

Ah, the wonderful Steve Cochran! This was one of the first really adult films I saw when I was young, and it impressed me indelibly. My movie pal at that time cried a little at the end - she always put up a front of maturity, but it was a hard ending to take. Antonioni's most approachable film for me.

Cochran was always a favorite of mine, altho he was the heavy so often. "Come Next Spring", with Anne Sheridan, was his best IMHO, (Hard to believe it was a Republic production.)altho "Private Hell 36" wa damned good.