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 #661

L'Armée des ombres
(Army of Shadows)
(Jean-Pierre Melville; 1969)

(big-time thanks to Nate Bundy of Real Political Face Talk for this image)


Richard Gibson said...

Easily the best film I saw last year. I love Melville but I was so impressed with this one.

Soon, Eureka will release 'La Silence de la Mer' (25/06).

swac said...

The Criterion of this is in the mail to me as we speak...

Jeff Duncanson said...

Ahhh, yes. Mr. Gibson was the one who finally exposed me to this film, and I owe him mightily. Now we need to to get Melville's "Magnet of Doom" and "S
econd Breath" on DVD....