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 #647


A Dandy in Aspic
(Anthony Mann, Laurence Harvey; 1968)

(a big 'muchas gracias' to Nate Bundy for this image)

5 comments :

box13 said...

Is there a widescreen dvd on this? Anthony Mann died in his hotel room after a day's filming in Berlin. Larry Harvey went up to get him for dinner and found his corpse, then declared he would direct the rest of the picture. On the left, where else, Lionel Stander, scourge of Senate Investigators and all schmoes.

swac said...

I remember this was an early widescreen laserdisc, before the format became more widespread, but I haven't seen a DVD of it yet (in North America, that is).

swac said...

My suspicions prove correct...no NA DVD, but naturally there is a PAL UK disc.

And since I just happen to be over here...

Richard Gibson said...

I have wanted to see this for a while. Yes, I can see it on one side for a tenner...

Stephen are you visiting the UK soon?

Achteinhalb said...

... and there´s a Region 2/ PAL -DVD avaiable in Germany, too.

See: http://www.amazon.de/Todestanz-eines-Killers-Laurence-Harvey/dp/B000MTFXCE/ref=sr_1_1/303-9696058-3794623?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1178490360&sr=8-1