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

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Western Approaches
(Pat Jackson; 1944)
Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.

5 comments :

swac said...

Is that Wales?

DaydreamSupercollider said...

This picture makes me feel a little seasick...just the angle of the capture.

Brent McKee said...

No Steve, that's the North Atlantic on a calm day. If I'm not mistaken Western Approaches refers to the Royal Navy designation for the areas along the west coast of England and Scotland where the convoys out of Halifax would be picked up by the Royal Navy.

swac said...

Oh weird...I was looking at it as land seen from way up high...now I see it.

Richard Gibson said...

Hi! I was away from my PC for a day or so, Brent is right - the Atlantic.

Daydreamsupercollider - the photography on this film is amazing. If I recall correctly there were only 2 maybe 3 Technicolor cameras in the UK when this was made and they were rarely taken out on location.