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 #260

The Professionals
(Richard Brooks; 1966)

1 comment :

Rob said...

A real man's man kinda movie - hell, even the women were tough enough to be guys, and Brooks and Conrad Hall used the desert, an intimate freind of mine, to fantastic advantage. I get thirsty just watching this one, it harkens back to my mispent youth in some ways. Lancaster and Marvin had a kind of fatalistic chemistry that was totally believable - and both were consummate physical actors, especially with horses and guns, and broads. The scene Lancaster has with Maria Gomez, (in one of the great Hispanic supporting actress parts), where he learns what makes a woman worth a whole lotta money, is priceless. Brooks knew how to make great location films - "Bite The Bullet" has a similar buddy theme, and even a wonderful expostion on the value of a woman, by Gene Hackman to Candice Bergen; but Brooks also knew how to make any movie good or great. Always love to watch his movies.