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 #256

The Asphalt Jungle
(John Huston; 1950)

1 comment :

Rob said...

The most influential crime film, ever, whether a director realizes it or not, plus - it had a realism about it that others of that time lacked, a debt to Burnett's writing, which it followed very closely - hell, film adaptations of Burnett's stories were possibly the most influential, as well. The casting was spot-on, even down to the bit parts, (Dorothy Tree gets to curse!)and they managed to imply a little perversion here and there, a rare thing back then. Monroe's best supporting part, IMHO, because she looked fresh, (and stunningly beautiful), and acted with a guiless naturalism - she was even better than the character in the book. Everyone looks to "Rififi", and it had a more adult take on a similar vein, but this was the granddad of 'em all. Hayden and the great Jean Hagen were totally believable as doomed lovers, and Calhern was the embodiment of the urbane criminal. "Pass the soup" HeHe!
Boy, I love this film, since I was a kid.