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 #254


The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
(Roy Rowland; 1953)

5 comments :

Vanwall said...

Now that is one fuckin' awesome poster!!!!!

swac said...

That's a lot more colourful than the U.S. insert poster (which has its place of pride in my hallway). But mine has the roller skating beard twins on it, so that's something.

rfkeser said...

"I want my undulating undies with the maribou frills
I want my beautiful bolero with the porcupine quills
I want my purple nylon girdle with the orange-blossom buds
‘Cause I’m going doe-me-doing in my doe-me-doe duds!


Come on and dress me, dress me, dress me in my peek-a-boo blouse
With the lovely inner lining made of Chesapeake mouse
I want my polka-dotted dickie with the crinoline fringe
For I’m going doe-me-doing on a doe-me-doe binge!"

SomeNYGuy said...

Okay, you've convinced me -- it's time to watch this movie again!

Richard Gibson said...

If this blog had faves, in terms of number of posts or comments on a post, I think this one would be high on the list.

I think I got half way through...like somenyguy I might need to re-watch this.