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

Seminal Image #609


The Girl Can't Help It!
(Frank Tashlin; 1956)

7 comments :

Paul C. said...

I finally caught up with this movie last weekend. So awesome. I love how (as in the scene pictured) Tashlin uses ideas that are more frequently associated with cartoons in live-action. Plus the payoff that this scene sets up is amazing- when he's in the bar, depressed over seeing Julie London wherever he goes, and then he turns around expecting to see her and Jayne Mansfield is sitting there instead.

Wow, now I want to watch it again.

Simon Thibault said...

god,how i love that movie. thank you.

Simon Thibault said...

god,how i love that movie. thank you.

That Little Round-Headed Boy said...

I love this scene. Isn't it the one where Ewell walks in, depressed over losing his girl, puts on a Julie London record and she appears, singing the bluesy heartbreak song to him in every room and haunting his attempts at reverie? One of the great scenes. The movie, overall, though, is a bit of a snoozer, I've always thought.

Paul C. said...

FYI, I just wrote an appreciation of this scene over at Screengrab as part of a weekly column on movie scenes I love.

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks for the heads-up, Paul!

Post the link to it if you want.

Paul C. said...

OK, here's the link:

http://www.nervepop.com/nerveblog/screengrabblog.aspx?id=107e9296#9296

Enjoy.