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

Guest Contributor Week: Day #5

Adventures in American Filmmaking #79

Today's Adventure: Lars von Trier gives Lauren Bacall direction and a hard time on the set of Manderlay (2005)

Guest Contributor: Steve Carlson of The Ongoing Cinematic Education of Steven Carlson


Richard Gibson said...

Any good?

I saw 'Dogville' and had mixed feelings about it.

Steve said...

Well, let me put it this way: If you dislike Von Trier, you'll probably hate it. If you like Von Trier... well, you still might hate it. I thought it was good, but it's certainly one of Lars's weaker works. I wouldn't break myself in half defending it or anything like I would Dogville.