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 #685

Il Grande silenzio
(The Great Silence)
(Sergio Corbucci; 1968)


Rob said...

Looks sort of remarkably like John Leguizamo playing Tybalt in that strange Romeo and Julet remake that came out in the 90's.

Jeremy Richey said...

Awesome Tom,
I put this incredible film at the top of my favorite Italian westerns a couple of months ago or so at my blog.
Great image...thanks for posting.