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 #559

(Masaki Kobayashi; 1964)


Anonymous said...

One of the most beautiful films I have ever seen.

Miss F said...

I haven't seen that film yet! That must be the inspiration of Peter Greenaway's film "the pillowbook"

Simon Thibault said...

i loooove that film.

saw it when i was 20 for the 1st time.

began my love of japanese cinema.

swac said...

I'd still love to see this in a cinema some day...oh well, Criterion will have to do for now...