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 #207

(Alan Ormsby, Bob Clark; 1974)

Most people know the work of Bob Clark, who was killed in a car crash on Wednesday morning, from either the junvenile (and for a Canadian film, hugely successful) sex comedy Porky's, or from his true career apex, his adaptation of Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story. But I have a soft spot for Deranged, his low budget fictionalized version of the case of Plainfield, Wisc. killer and cannibal Ed Gein, one of a number of horror titles Clark cut his teeth on, including Death Dream and the breakthrough slasher Black Christmas. Roberts Blossom's eerie performance and a soundtrack that includes Canuck country legend Stompin' Tom Connors make for singularly grimy experience, one that led Clark to have his name removed from the official credits.

It's enough to make you forget Loose Cannons and Baby Geniuses.


Mike D said...

wow - blast from the past. a friend of mine from around 10 years ago had this poster on his wall and i remember many a stoned evening being amused by it.

swac said...

I wish I had the poster...however I do have a complete set of lobby cards, so all is not lost.