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

Adventures in European Filmmaking #38


Today's Adventure: George Franju contemplates Juliette Mayniel's bandaged face on the set of Les Yeux sans Visage (1960)

5 comments :

Lex10 said...

I don't think where he's looking is where her face is actually located......

SomeNYGuy said...

One of my favorite movies, ever since I saw the dubbed and mangled HORROR CHAMBER OF DR. FAUSTUS version on TV as a child.

Years before the DVD era I used to drag out a dim betamax bootleg of the then out-of-print VHS every Halloween to introduce it to friends who'd never heard of it, and even in that compromised state it never failed to impress.

erik hogstrom said...

I love that film.

H. P. L. said...

I saw this movie in a festival, some years ago... Creepy and elegant!

Richard Gibson said...

I too like this film a lot. Thanks for posting, great image.