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 #165

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The Wizard of Oz
(Victor Flemming, Mervyn LeRoy, King Vidor & Richard Thorpe; 1939)


Anonymous said...

The happiest film ever made!


SomeNYGuy said...

Yes, the sprocket holes seem to be smiling!

swac said...

I like how those sparkles around Garland's head make it look like she's hopped up on something.

Vanwall said...

That was a bit later, Stephen. ;-)