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 # 225

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(Alfred Hitchcock; 1946)

My thanks to Glyph Jockey.


swac said...

Wow, Claude Rains is tiny!

Brent McKee said...

One of the great screen kisses is between Bergman and Grant, but really this is a movie (like "North by Northwest") about the goverment acting as pimp. If - gods forbid - it were remade today Bergman would be Raines's mistress who was also sleeping with her spy controller Grant. And if they really wanted to be "daring" they'd cast a woman in either the Grant or Raines role.