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 #330


Il Grande Silenzio
(The Great Silence)
(Sergio Corbucci; 1968)

7 comments :

swac said...

Man I love this film.

I'm always trying to get friends to watch it...so far only one has expressed interest, but it's been difficult to find the time to get together and do it.

I really need to borrow my friend's copy of A Bullet for the General...

Richard Gibson said...

Never seen this. I wonder if this was an inspiration for the finale of 'Kill Bill, part 1', kind of reminds me of that...

swac said...

I think there's also a swordfight in the snow in the Shaw Brothers classic Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

I think there's also a swordfight in the snow in the Shaw Brothers classic Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan.

*****
Show off!

swac said...

I only mentioned it because I think it came out on DVD around the same time Kill Bill started production...I have a nice Region 3 disc of it.

BTW...just finished watching The Great Silence with a friend who asked me about it after seeing it posted here.

Bleakest....western....EVER.

Bonny Stormer said...

Twas bleak indeed... but I enjoyed it very much, definately worth seeing. I also thought of Kill Bill when night fell.

Tom Sutpen said...

BTW...just finished watching The Great Silence with a friend who asked me about it after seeing it posted here.

Bleakest....western....EVER.

*****
Hmmmmm. I might give that honor to deToth's Day of the Outlaw(1959) . . . which is also set in a frozen, snow-covered locale, oddly enough . . . but the Corbucci is certainly close, no question.