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

The Art of Cinema #138

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Jour de Fēte (1949)
Jacques Tati

4 comments :

Jeff Duncanson said...

Hmmm...This looks familiar. ;)

It really is a great poster, isn't it?

Richard Gibson said...

Jeff, did you recently post this?

Yes, it is, all the Tati film posters are rather special. Coppola has a huge (probably very rare/original) 'Mon Oncle' in his restaurant in San Francisco right above the place where he sits, I know this as I talked to the waiters when I was there and it's roped off.

Jeff Duncanson said...

I posted it quite a while back.
You actually left me a comment on it at the time.

I have a great M Hulot one which will shown up on my blog at some point, I'm sure.

Richard Gibson said...

I must be developing the memory of a goldfish, I even left the same comment there, durr!