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

Movie of the Week #11

The Existentialist
(Leon Prochnick; 1963)

I suppose, in introducing Leon Prochnik's The Existentialist, I could pound out a few hundred words on form, draw a parallel or two with earlier works, toss in the names Buñuel and Keaton, render some empty judgment on the film's place in the Cinema of its day; I could do all of those things. I guess. But . . . really, all you need to know about today's offering is this:

No film of its time or any other encapsulated so neatly, so lyrically, the attitude lurking in the heart of what used to be known as The New American Cinema.

You'll see what I mean.


Stephan73 said...

I only recently discovered you site, and have been enjoying it..
Great choices on short films, photo's and other stuff..

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks! We aim to please and our aim is true and . . .

You get the idea.

(thanks again)

Anonymous said...

wonderful video...thanx a ton

excellent site

Tom Sutpen said...

You (and all who read these words) are as welcome as the flowers in May!