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 #195

The Hill
(Sidney Lumet; 1965)


Vanwall said...

This is one hard-ass film - and this may be the best work of their careers by every actor in it, especially Kinnear and Hendry; there are certainly no weak performances. No punches are pulled in a brilliant script, and this is not only one of the best films about the dehumanization of a military system straight out of Frederick the Great's dubious lineage, but it's one of greatest prison dramas ever. As painful as it is to view, it's magnetic - I find it endlessly watchable. If you haven't seen this film, why, YOU'D BEST GET ABOUT IT SHARPISH, SOLDIER! - REMEMBER, THERE'S A HILL JUST OUTSIDE, AND A FULL PACK RUN UP IT IN THE DESERT SUN IS JUST WHAT YOU NEED!

Richard Gibson said...

Agreed, a great film.