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 #645

Jack the Giant Killer
(Nathan Juran; 1962)


Vanwall said...

My brother and I saw this when it was first in theaters, and the cheesy effects and quirky direction was not even noticed, unlike today - I winced a little when I watched it not too long ago. The most resonant thing for me was Torin Thatcher, a wonderful villain with a great delivery; I never forgot his voice after seeing this, and with his Humble Bellows from "The Crimson Pirate", another film fulla fun, he will always be a fave.

swac said...

Yeah, it's not the greatest attempt to duplicate the Harryhausen magic (despite having the same director and star as the previous Sinbad outing), but I've always had a fondness for it, and I find it zips right by as far as entertainment value goes.

According to the DVD Savant, Glenn Erickson, there's another version that adds songs among other things, but I've never come across it.

Tim Lucas said...

Your Seminal Image #645 inspired me to dust off an old, unfinished article about the musical version of JACK THE GIANT KILLER, which I've posted at Video WatchBlog today. Hope it answers some of your questions about this alternate version.

swac said...

Thanks for the heads-up, Tim! copy of Jack the Giant Killer is a full-frame DVD from Goodtimes that I got in a "2 for $5" bin. I'm told this framing is preferable to the matted 1.66:1 framing (or thereabouts) of the newer MGM DVD. I imagine the MGM looks a bit sharper with stronger colours, but this copy looks fine (especially for $2.50) and you get the whole image.

swac said...

The DVD Savant review of the film can be found here.