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 #245

Tanned Legs
(Marshall Neilan; 1929)

Guest Contributor: Rob Carver


swac said...

Heh...I've had this scanned in my computer for ages, but I kept forgetting to post it. Congrats for beating me to the punch, Rob!

I hear the movie itself is kinda shakey (I'm sure it's no Murder at the Vanities), but it's a great poster nonetheless.

Tom Sutpen said...

I saw it again a few months back (transferring my VHS copy to DVD). It's static . . . the way almost every Musical made in 1929 was . . . but it has a jazzy charm.

Yaniv Eidelstein said...

how can it be "all dialog" and still have "songs"?

Vanwall said...

Yaniv - it had no silent sections, it was a talkie all the way thru. Dialog included the songs.