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

Movie of the Week #2


Thanatopsis
(Ed Emshwiller; 1962)

4 comments :

the heart of the world said...

All that breathe
Will share thy destiny. The gay will laugh
When thou art gone, the solemn brood of care
Plod on, and each one as before will chase
His favorite phantom; yet all these shall leave
Their mirth and their employments, and shall come
And make their bed with thee

(line 60-66, William Cullen Bryant's "Thanatopsis")

Mike D said...

a very compelling piece of work - puts most modern video-art to shame. this is brilliant stuff guys - keep it up.

(and i learnt what the word thanatopsis meant too - expanding one's vocabulary is always good)

Vanwall said...

Emsh's sci-fi illustrations were non-pariel, completely opposite of his films. They were amazingly realistic, and perfectly accurate to whichever story they accompanied - so much so that when I re-read an old story with new illustrations, I just can't even look at 'em.

BCNU

Steve said...

Um... whoa. That was absolutely nothing like the only other Emshwiller I've seen ("George Dumpson's Place"). I dug this one a lot, and I'll bet Chris Cunningham does too.