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 #188

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The Knack
(aka The Knack... and How to Get It)
(Richard Lester; 1965)


Vanwall said...

This showed up on our local indy TV station in the very late '60s, and sticks in my mind like a dagger thru the head - it was very, very different from what was being shown on the Big Three, and I'm forever grateful to good ole Channel 5 for their thinking outside of the box. Rita here was as good as anything she'd ever done, with her quirky looks and a projection of a kind of wall-eyed innocence. Brooks, who could've been the embodiment of my older brother, (he'd already earned the nickname "Ugly John", bestowed by yours truly after inspiration from "M.A.S.H.", which we had both read well before the film came out - for while his bank checks even had that moniker on 'em)and Crawford was perfect as the befuddled-rest-of-us with his quirky, somewhat peevish delivery. I'll always defend this film as a harbinger of change in, if not just my life, at least in the general thinking of a lot of young lads back then, and that's a good thing, IMHO.

slyboots2 said...

god that was an inexplicable movie. I don't think I'm on the right drugs to fully appreciate it. But at least it doesn't star Herman's Hermits.