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

They Were Collaborators #163

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Pedro Almodovar and McNamara.

My thanks to Olga Tellez for sourcing this image which I doubt many outside of Spain have seen.


Paul C. said...

Funny, seeing this picture the same day I caught a trailer for the upcoming "Viva Pedro" retrospective. Wonder what some of the elderly arthouse-goers who know Almodovar only from ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER and TALK TO HER would think of him if they saw this. As for me, I think it's a pretty sweet pic.

Flickhead said...

This "elderly art-house goer" was appreciating the beauty of Pedro's Matador when you were just a few years out of your diapers, you little whipper snapper.

Vanwall said...

Ouch! Be gentle, now! ;-)

Simon Thibault said...

almodovar is my god.
the best compliment i ever received was when someone walked into my place and said it felt like an almodovar movie set.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was rosie o'donnell and her mistress.