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 #339

He Walked By Night
(Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann; 1946)


Vanwall said...

Basehart was freakily intense! The scene where he extracts the bullet from his side without anaesthetic - owwww! The cimetography was crackerjack, too. Mann was the Man. The sewer scene is often confused with the one in "The Third Man" by a number of reviewers over the years, I've noticed. The details are so easily transposed, I guess.


Tom Sutpen said...

Hear Hear. Let us now praise John Alton as well. "Freakily intense" just about describes his work on every picture he shot for Mann as well.

I need to watch T-Men again, dammit!