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

Similar Images #4

The Edge of the World
(Michael Powell; 1937)

The Searchers
(John Ford; 1956)


Anonymous said...

Wayne and Ford's most prolific journey into the heart of darkness that is a wanderer's soul. You'll appreciate this comment more when you check out my tribute to 'duke' on The Hollywood Art. Keep up the great posts.

Vanwall said...

What is old is new again, if it's done well. Both films shared the ambiguity of bittersweet endings, as well, altho The Searchers" doorway scene is almost an encyclopedia of lifts, not least by Wayne's little personal tribute.


pedro said...

Lost Highway vs Kiss Me Deadly
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