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

The Art of Cinema #224


The Friends of Eddie Coyle
(Peter Yates; 1973)

6 comments :

Jon said...

One of my all time favorite novels. The movie didn't quite live up to Higgins' book. I was surprised that no one mentioned this one when The Departed came out. Irish mobsters...Boston...Informants...FBI... corrupt cops...reminds me of something.

Great poster.

Jeff Duncanson said...

The last great Mitchum performance, IMHO

DaydreamSupercollider said...

Wonderful, versatile actor...maybe you'll post some screencaps from "Night of the Hunter" one of these times *hint*...

Vanwall said...

One of Peter Boyle's best roles, as well.

blankemon said...

I've been dying to see this one for years - waiting for a DVD release. As for it being Mitchum's last great performance, I love him in "Farewell, My Lovely" and "The Yakuza" from '75. Hell, I even loved him in The Winds of War.

Jeff Duncanson said...

blankemon - E-mail me regarding a DVD copy of this film.


http://filmscreed.blogspot.com/2007/05/friends-of-eddie-coyle.html