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

Adventures in European Filmmaking #21


Today's Adventure: Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski settle a creative dispute
on the set of Cobra Verde (1987)

4 comments :

Mike D said...

i love herzog. his doc on kinski 'my best fiend' is pretty darn amazing i think.

Richard Gibson said...

Mike D, amazing is the word. The scenes of the mass gathering's Kinski spoke at and Herzog interviewing someone who recalled Kinski smashing up a bathroom in his home stand out for me. Excellent stuff.

Bill Chinaski said...

Towards the end of shooting, the Indians offered to kill Kinski for me. They said, Should we kill him for you? and I said, No, for God’s sake I still need him for shooting. Leave him to me. Leave him to me. And I declined at the time but they were dead serious. They would have killed him undoubtedly if I had wanted it. I at once regretted that I had held the Indians back from their purpose. –Werner Herzog, My Best Fiend

Richard Gibson said...

Bill: Excellent!