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

El Cine del Oro #29

Las Abandonadas (The Abandoned Women)
(Emilio Fernandez; 1944)


Vanwall said...

This was a fairly adult plot-line for the '40s, in any country, and was indicative of how much the Mexican cinema, and in particular "El Indio" Fernandez, wanted to get away from the Catholic Church's stifling influence on Mexican culture, and even tho they succeeded pretty much in this film, (Delores Del Rio was brilliant, and Armendáriz, Rangel and Bedoya were in their usual excellent Cine del Oro form), the production company ran afoul of the ever-sensitive Army Generals who pretty much ran things back then, and were forced to modify some of the details - they must've been a bit to close to home. ;-) It's instructive to see this film and Fernandez' "Maria Candelaria" one after the other - the leads are the same, but the one is an almost dreamy and ultimately nightmarish meditation on love and the conflict with old religious ideals, while "Las Abandonadas" is a thinly veiled sock in the jaw for the "New Mexico". Both were unqualified successes, and right on target.

Tom Sutpen said...

Damn, I wanna see this!!