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 #154

The Night Walker
(William Castle; 1964)


Vanwall said...

Poor Fuselli - born in the wrong century for movie posters. ;-)


Tom Sutpen said...

Indeed. Though you'd have to admit that Reyold Brown, the artist of this and a gazillion other movie posters, came close.

His first drawing for this poster is one of the more fascinating creations in this sphere. Originally the demon and the girl were surrounded by grotesque, encouraging faces that (legend has it) bore an uncomfortably close resemblence to certain Universal/MCA executives; hence their deletion from the final product. I don't know if the demon was intended to look like Lew Wasserman, but it wouldn't be too hard to imagine altering it slightly to obscure any likeness.

After all, they didn't wanna scare everybody.

FlowerBell said...

It looks like the poster for the movie "Gothic" borrowed from this one, heavily.

elin lantto said...

The poster for Gothic being an imitation of said Füssli painting...