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 #49

Today's Adventure: Russ Meyer throws himself into the arduous, backbreaking work of directing Vixen! (1968)


Vanwall said...

Oh, the agony!


swac said...

I really should watch my laserdisc of this, which has Meyer's commentary. That should be interesting. (Strangely enough, the DVD versions of his films released thus far do not include the commentaries from the laserdiscs...likely because of potentially libellous statements made in them by Meyer...guess that explains the laserdisc=niche market vs. DVD=mass market idea better than anything.)