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 #663

Le Locataire
(The Tenant)
(Roman Polanski; 1976)


Jeremy Richey said...

Great shot,
This is one of my favorite Polanski films and I think one of his most undervalued.
Adjani was so breathtaking in this period. Terrific photo...thanks for posting.

Tom Sutpen said...

I agree on all counts . . . and you're welcome!

Flickhead said...

Ever read the Roland Topor novel it was based on? Quite is the Polanski and Brach screenplay, which completely altered the author's original subjective approach.

I think the English dubbing in the film adds to the Polanski character's alienation.

pepito said...

if i may intrude, the french title is "le locataire", not "la".

merci for this wonderful blog !