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

El Cine Del Oro #17

Pepe el Toro (Ismael Rodriguez, 1953)

Before Jake La Motta, there was Pepe.

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

Pedro was Mexico's biggest star for a lot folks, and is still a well-known and beloved figure for many, altho of mostly an older generation. I always found his acting to be a bit self-concious, but his films were full of his curious energy and often a kind of realism that wasn't portayed very much back then, even if a bit idealized. Sang very well, too. This film is held above all other sporting films in Mexico, and I expect it is approaching "legendary" status, in that many will speak of it as such, from hearsay, as oppposed to actual viewing memories. The boxing scenes were OK, not quite up to "Body and Soul", tho. Even to I love this poster, those two kissing in the it, tho, look pained and bored, respectively - hardly inspiring. ;-)