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

Collect 'Em All #8

Raymond Massey
No. 7 out of 48 issued by Gallaher Tobacco, Virginia House, London & Belfast
"Playing in Things to Come was particularly interesting as the film was experimental, enterprising, and above all significant. It was a magnificent piece of work, and the first of its kind to try and provoke the public to thought. I am proud to have participated in it."

1 comment :

Peter L. Winkler said...

Note that this is the first of these cards where an actor talks not about himself, but about the film, and his description qualifies as accurate when the film was first released.

Things To Come now seems like an artifact of the times, but it is still a highly ambitious, intelligent and sometimes striking film.

I keep hoping someone will do a badly needed restoration. For decades the only prints available have been public domain atrocities.