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 #249

Ascenseur pour l'échafaud
(Elevator to the Gallows)
(Louis Malle; 1958)


Richard Gibson said...

Possibly my favourite Malle film. Saw it on the big screen years ago, loved it.

Richard Gibson said...

PS In England it's know by a different title 'Life to the Scaffold', I prefer the French title.

H. P. L. said...

Now this is a curious coincidence: I was in France last week and just happened to see Miles Davis' soundtrack in a flea market and just had to buy it. I'll have to get the movie soon ;-)