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 #666


The Devil and Daniel Webster
(William Dieterle; 1941)

10 comments :

Richard Gibson said...

666 - deliberate?

swac said...

Well, I couldn't let just anything sit in that spot...

swac said...

Hmmm...kinda looks like ol' Scratch is pitching Moxie!

Vanwall said...

A devilish concoction, as we know well!

Tom Sutpen said...

Damn! I was gonna post an image from The Bells of St. Mary's (the old ironist in the heart of me) for this number entry.

Still, it's a great still. Also looks like Scratch is pitching for the Armed Forces (after all, Huston played Uncle Samuel a year later in John Ford and Greg Toland's insane December 7, 1941 . . . even the War Department thought it was a bit heavy-handed, even for a Propaganda film).

swac said...

We could do a little switcheroo...put in Bing and Ingrid, and make ol' Scratch 668, the Neighbour of the Beast.

Tom Sutpen said...

Nahhhh. I'll leave it be. Yours is better (Walter Huston trumps Bing Crosby . . . even in a Leo McCarey picture . . . anyday).

swac said...

Yeah, it's not like Kurt Weill ever wrote anything for Der Bingle!

SomeNYGuy said...

Wish you could rig up a few bars of that stunning Bernard Herrmann score to accompany this picture!

swac said...

You can hear some of it in the trailer.