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 #712

Phantom Lady
(Robert Siodmak; 1944)

Guest Contributor: Ray Young


Vanwall said...

Good ole' Elisha - this one was packed with noir regulars, and one of the early adaptations of the master of noir, Cornell Woolrich. An amazing number of films came from Woolrich stories, and more are likely to be made. I daresay Woolrich, thru all his written work and these adaptations, had more of a profound influence on postwar film, and therefore on a large segment of popular culture, than most people would realize.

David said...

I've been wanting to see this film for a long time and this still makes me all the keener!