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 #657


La Ragazza che sapeva troppo
(The Girl Who Knew Too Much)
(Mario Bava; 1963)

3 comments :

Tim Lucas said...

I've always thought so, and thank you for selecting it. Seeing it here is like having the film's cinematography win some kind of well-deserved award! Though Mario Bava was the credited cinematographer, he was primarily in charge of lighting and storyboarding. There is something about the framing of this shot that speaks to the particular input of Bava's camera operator, Ubaldo Terzano, who went on to work with Luigi Kuveiller.

swac said...

I love that Tim Lucas can come on here and casually mention Ubaldo Terzano and Luigi Kuveiller the same way someone else might list their favourite ball players.

Tim, if you have any spare Bava pics that didn't make it into your book (although that's hard to imagine), feel free to shoot 'em our way...

Vanwall said...

Yeah, I heard they were decent fielding, but couldn't hit big league pitching.