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 #167

Charley Varrick
(Don Siegel; 1973)


Vanwall said...
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Vanwall said...

I love this movie - planes, bombs, guns, and broads, with a fantastic duelling pair of performances by Matthau and the late, great John Vernon, and Joe Don's just flat perfect hit-man - nobody, and I mean nobody, has approached his level of casual, sophisticated control mixed with gleeful redneck sadism in film, and how about the Outfit - has it ever been better portrayed as a cold, hard business proposition? Brrr.

swac said...

Indeed, a great film. I think I caught it on A&E the first time, years ago, and have marveled at it a couple times since. My idea of a dream cast and terrific low rent milieu.

I need to get my own copy...

Mike D said...

fantastic movue - id love to see it again. great last shot to it too.