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 #146

7th Heaven
(Frank Borzage; 1927)


Nick Zegarac said...

Oh, I don't know - I saw this flick a long time ago but the poster art makes it look like a cross between a James Cagney B-Warner gangster flick and a James Whale horror classic - hardly the image or mood of a film called "7th Heaven!"

Tom Sutpen said...

However . . . it does make the poster somewhat prescient, in that the two filmmaking models you cited had yet to be established when the poster was executed.