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 #450

The Big Heat
(Fritz Lang; 1953)

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

A movie fulla mean people. On the whole, totally silly, but a "crakerjack yarn" as they used to say - it was mesmerizing to watch. A little more black & white than the usual Lang black & white film, but it's got no-nonsense Gloria during one of her many... um... interesting... lip-incarnations, and Glen Ford is in his prime terse-delivery days. Mouse said the whole suppressed male homosexuality take on this film was all wrong - they were really more like angry bull dykes - she wasn't serious..I think.