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

El Cine Del Oro #24

El Enmascarado de Plata (The Silver-Masked Man, 1952)
(Rene Cardona)


Vanwall said...

Superman, shppooperman - Luchas are the Mexican superheroes - El Demonio Azul was always my fave, I just loved that name as kid. These films have a kind of loopy separate reality - the fantasy wished-for-Mexico cobbled out of the dreams of millions of little mijos and mijas. The Mexican Spitfire series with Lupe Velez were the only H'wood films that came close to being as loopy, IMHO. ;-)

Steve said...

Yay! Santo! I've only scratched the surface of the masked man's endless filmography, but I can say without a doubt that the films he was making in the '70s are among the most batshit-crazy things I've ever seen.

swac said...

You should see the Turkish rip-offs of the Mexican Santo films.

Steve said...

I can't imagine -- Turkish cinema is already loony enough.

swac said...

The one I have has Turkish Santo teaming up with "Captain America" to fight an evil Spider-Man.

I mean...yow.

Steve said...

Isn't that Three Fantastic Supermen or something like that?

At any rate, that sounds as faboo as that berserk Hong Kong flick The Dragon Lives Again where Bruce Lee travels the underworld, teaming up with Popeye and the One-Armed Boxer to beat up on Dracula, Zatoichi and the Man with No Name.