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

Credits Where Credit is Due


Saul Bass title for Advise and Consent
(Otto Preminger, 1962)

Thanks to the folks over at Cartoon Brew, I've been made aware of this Saul Bass tribute site, featuring some of his greatest title sequences in still form. There's no Walk on the Wild Side, the first one I thought of, but lots of his work with Preminger and Hitchcock is represented.

Looking at these just makes me want to grab copies of In Harm's Way and The Cardinal (boy, Preminger sure knew how to throw a cast together) and lock myself away for the weekend. Too bad duty calls...

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