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

Adventures in American Filmmaking #46
Adventures in European Filmmaking #10

Today's Adventure: Josef von Sternberg explains inchoate longings on the set of
Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) (1930)


gmail2005 said...

Don't want to be too narrow-minded, but the correct spelling is "Der blaue Engel", with an extra "e"...

Tom Sutpen said...

Believe me. 'Narrow-minded' is not the term I would have used.

Thanks for the correcting a 15 month old typo.