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 #285

Advise and Consent
(Otto Preminger, 1962)


Tom Sutpen said...

I don't know what it is, but somehow Otto Preminger managed to get more out of Burgess Meredith as a screen actor than any other director. Brief as it is, that's a fantastic performance he gives in Advise and Consent, is it not.

swac said...

Yeah...just a couple of scenes, but it resonates through the rest of the period. The way he croaks, "He's a communist..." gives me chills.

Laughton is great too...what a way to go out.

I was inspired to watch this due to the Supreme Court circus that's just beginning.

Next up...The Cardinal, I think.