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 #277


Bande a Part
(Jean-Luc Godard; 1964)

4 comments :

Richard Gibson said...

Excellent stuff Stephen. I like this one a lot.

I've just posted a series of JLG pictures on my blog too, although from 'Une femme est une femme'. Almost every image would make a great still.

What did you think of the homage in Bertolucci's 'The Dreamers' to the scene in which the charcaters in 'Bande a part' run through the Louvre?

swac said...

I've heard about The Dreamers' scene, but I haven't actually seen the film yet. One of these days...especially now that I've finally seen La Chinoise.

Richard Gibson said...

I think the jury critically speaking is out on 'The Dreamers' - I didn't mind it. Having actually been to Cinematheque and seen some footage of May 68 it was interesting to see a drama based around those events.

'La Chinoise' has just come out on DVD here in UK, it was never available on VHS. I saw it several years ago at the Institute Francais, didn't like it anywhere near as much as the other 60's ones although I haven't seen 'Made in USA'.

Tom Sutpen said...

Richard wrote:

I think the jury critically speaking is out on 'The Dreamers' - I didn't mind it. Having actually been to Cinematheque and seen some footage of May 68 it was interesting to see a drama based around those events.

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But it really wasn't based on those events, they merely served as a backdrop; and a well-calculated one at that. Personally I despised The Dreamers. I said it at the time, I've said it since, I'll say it now: That film was designed specifically to appeal to cinephiles who couldn't get laid in a whorehouse (and, believe me, I know the type), and Bertolucci's 'eroticism' has never seemed more tired (more tired and kneejerk than La Luna . . . and I didn't think that was possible).

'La Chinoise' has just come out on DVD here in UK, it was never available on VHS. I saw it several years ago at the Institute Francais, didn't like it anywhere near as much as the other 60's ones although I haven't seen 'Made in USA'.

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Consider it impending, then.