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 #293

Le Passion de Jeanne D'arc
(The Passion of Joan of Arc)
(Carl Theodor Dreyer; 1928)


slyboots2 said...

Ahhhh. This is perhaps the most amazing movie I have ever seen. I can't come up with enough superlatives to describe it. Good call.

Brent McKee said...

As stephen and I both know, there is a divergence of opinion on The Passion Of Joan Of Arc. You either love it with a passion that burns white hot, or you hate it with a similar vehemence. Or like me you've never seen it and are just entertained by watching people argue about it.

swac said...

It pretty much puts me in a hypnotic trance.

I haven't decided yet if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

Vanwall said...

Artful sadism - brain candy with no needle tracks. For me? mebbe yes, mebbe no.


orangeguru said...

This is one great movie - and Richard Einhorn created a great music piece in the 1990's for it. Check it out!

poet1 said...

You can watch this great old movie here free: Movies Online