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

The Art of Cinema #233

Brighton Rock
(John Boulting; 1947)


SomeNYGuy said...

I've heard a lot of interesting things about this film. Wish it was available for viewing in the U.S.

Richard Gibson said...

What? This isn't available in the USA?

SomeNYGuy said...

That's right, not even the U.S. version "Young Scarface"!

Vanwall said...

It's funny, when I was a kid, the un-affiliated TV station in town would run it every so often, along with a host of other oldies that aren't too easy to find nowadays, and they showed them because they were cheap to rent, no doubt. I wasn't aware how important it was, so for me it was another curious artifact from over the sea, like "The Blue Lamp", or "The Sound Barrier", or the Ealing comedies, that I took time out to watch just because of their differences from the usual H'wood stuff.