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 #257


Head
(Bob Rafelson; 1968)

10 comments :

Vanwall said...

Fuckin' A. Where's Victor Mature when we need 'im?

mike said...

great movie - utterly original. normally i'm against exclamation points but here it's ok.

Sam said...

This movie has to be one of my guiltiest pleasures, if not the fact that I am a huge fan of the Pre-Fab Four. This is such a mind freak of a flick, it's amazing to think that Columbia let them get away with it. I'm glad that they did.

Stacia said...

I have this DVD on my shelf right now, I might even get to it tonight.

huskermould said...

wasn't this the movie Nicholson and Fonda made to get the financing for 'Easy Rider'?

Vanwall said...

Ah, the last TV episode with Rip Taylor and the Frodis - I kinda liked him - !!!??!! - nothing like it before or since.

Peter L. Winkler said...

I'd wanted to see this for years, was hoping it lived up to its cult rep. Then TCM showed it and I watched. Gawdawful, career ending film.

Maxim de Winter said...

Great movie. Great music. Great cast (isn't the amazing Timothy Carey in there for a eyelid-blink too?) But why did they put Frank bloody Zappa in such a prominent position on the poster? Shows little confidence in the product I would have thought.

SomeNYGuy said...

Rated "G" for GODAWFUL!

swac said...

Gotta love a G-rated movie with the credit "And Carol Doda!"