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

Seminal Image #557

(Michael Mann; 1981)


Matt Blankman said...

I've always dug Theif. Michael Mann has always had a knack for shooting American cities at night. Even when Mann's marking time, like the big-screen Miami Vice, there's always something interesting to look at.

Also, dig seeing Robert Prosky play such a nasty case.

Vanwall said...

You're absolutely right - Mann always does the night well - especially the flickering shadows from car fires or gun battles. This is also a much more realistic take on a crime "family", and how fatherly the head of said household can be - I, too, liked Prosky's role, but the entire cast was sharp, as well.

Matt Blankman said...

Absolutely's one of Caan's best performances, too.

Why I misspelled Thief, I have no idead.

...and look for William Petersen as a bartender.