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

They Were Collaborators #319

Director Tod Browning and the cast of Freaks.


Vanwall said...

One of us. ;-) I had a buddy refuse to ever go to another movie with me after seeing this one.

swac said...

Well, after Freaks, why would you want to see any other movies?

Jerry said...

I was about 14 or 15 when I saw this movie as part of a midnight double feature in Fort Worth, TX in the early 50's.
To this day, it is the scariest motion picture I have ever seen.