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

Art of Cinema #221

The Phenix City Story
(Phil Karlson; 1955)


Richard Gibson said...

Oh, I've always wanted to see this since it was featured on Alex Cox's 'Moviedrome' season on BBC2 way back when. I still have never seen it. It's good?

swac said...

Good question, I've never seen it either, but it has a solid reputation. Why this Allied Artists film has stayed off the market for so long is beyond me (although I did recently get his Tight Spot, only available in the UK at the moment).

Vanwall said...

They used to show it on TV all the time in AZ when I was in high school - I thought they got their spelling wrong at first. ;-) It's actually just a potboiler well done, with a whiff of authenticity from the real incidents, but it has nice visuals.