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 #626

The Lavender Hill Mob
(Charles Crichton; 1952)


Vanwall said...

Tho Guinness and Holloway are deservedly praised, this movie wouldn't be the same without Alfie Bass and Sid James, two wonderful supporting players, here fumbling and bumbling with perfect comic flair.

swac said...

That reminds me...I should watch my new copy of Last Holiday (Guinness and Sid James in a story by J.B. Priestly...recently remade with Queen Latifah. Lord help us.)

Vanwall said...

I can't figure out the attaction for remaking Ealing products, or any English films with wit, for that matter, into these godawful abominations that they've been dumping onto the screen lately.

Brent McKee said...

For the same reason the make movies based on old sitcoms and change all the details except the names. There is a serious inability to come up with new ideas in Hollywood, so why not remake McHale's Navy to star tom Arnold and set it on a modern island in the Caribbean rather than a South Pacific island during World War II. Or remake an Ealing picture (like "The Ladykillers") and set it in the USA today instead of England in the 1950s. After all it was successful then, its bound to be successful now.

Actually here's an idea offered to Hollywood for free - don't remake good movies and make them worse, remake bad movies and make them better.